Bob Howell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He left the
city in 1965 to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and
from there began to perform nationally and internationally,
interrupted for two years by being drafted into the army and
eventually and luckily being stationed in a post band. He returned
to live in Philadelphia permanently and continues to perform
locally, nationally, and internationally.
  Bob's extensive performing background
and recording experience in jazz and R&B
enhance his work with music students,
especially for those interested in a career
in music. He has had opportunities
to meet and play with people that were
around Philly like Jaco Pastorius, Joey
Defrancesco, Byron Landham. He is on
many recordings and has worked to more
extent, with many other great
musicians listed below.


Teaching Experience
Widener University:  Presently teaching saxophone.

Settlement Music School:  Taught saxophone, clarinet and flute
for 20 years.

Musicopia: Participates in bringing jazz to students in schools.

Private Teaching: Independent teaching on saxophone, clarinet,
flute and improvisation.


Education
Improvisation: Studied with Dennis and Adolph Sandole.

Berklee School of Music:  Composition Major. Studied
saxophone with Joe Viola.

Settlement Music School: Studied bassoon with Ferdinand
Del Negro.

Highlighted Recordings
Ron Thomas
Pete Smyser
King Britt
G.Love & Special Sauce
The Posmontier Brothers
Joe Sudler Swing Machine & Clarke Terry
Richie Cole & The Alto Madness Orchestra,
“Risa's Rose Garden,” 2006 release.
Odean Pope & The Saxophone Choir
Many R& B sessions including Patty LaBelle, and Lou Rawls.


Performed with
John Riley
Lou Rawls
Trudy Pitts
Ron Thomas
Byron Landham
Tony Williams
The Four Tops
Aretha Franklin
Vic Juris
Posmontier Brothers
John Swana
Sweet Stavinchain
Human Nature
Ray Mantilla
Don Friedman
The Three Degrees
Yolanda Rivera and Luigi Texador
Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey Bands
Herb Pomeroy “Big Band in Boston”
Charlie Mariano’s “Weird Band”
Richie Cole & The Alto Madness Orchestra
Odean Pope & The Saxophone Choir
Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine with special guests: Ronnie Cuber,
Stanley Turrentine, Frank Foster, Jon Faddis, Donald Byrd,
JJ Johnson and Slide Hampton
The Dance Hall Docs featuring Tower of Power's Brent Carter



Video:
Phil Woods with The Joe Sudler Swing Machine


Musical Director and Arranger
The Three Degrees
Now Playing:
"Blues on the
Corner" from Pete
Smyser's CD "Out of
Nowhere"
Personnel listed on
Pictures page.