American guitarist playing live at Welwyn Garden City theatre

Howard Alden will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Howard Alden will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City - Credit: Archant

ONE of jazz’s leading guitarists will be playing live at a Welwyn Garden City theatre.

American Howard Alden returns to Campus West tonight (Sunday) with his quartet to play Herts Jazz Club again.

An outstanding guitarist, Howard was born in California. He moved to New York aged 21 and soon carved out a considerable niche for himself as the most noted jazz guitarist of his generation, signing with Concord Jazz and performing alongside some of the greatest names in the business, like Clark Terry, Woody Herman, Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie.

As a result of his associating with – and inspiration from – George Van Eps, Alden has been playing the seven-string guitar since 1992.

The seven string imparts a greater range and harmonic richness to Alden’s already colourful tonal palette.


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Howard’s prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader and versatile sideman has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality.

Herts Jazz fans who came to Howard’s last gig at Campus West already know they are in for a treat.

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For those who missed it, tonight’s show represents another chance of a great evening’s jazz.

Joining Howard will be Mark Crooks on tenor, Simon Woolf on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 8pm, cost £13 in advance, £16 at the door and £10 for members. The price is just £5 for students and under-21s.

Book online at http://www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html

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