July 31, 2011: Richard Howell Quintet: Joyous Jazz: Coltrane meets Harp!

Featuring Richard Howell, Saxes, Vocals, Inspiration

with E.W. Wainwright, drums, Gary Brown, Bass, Frederick Harris, Keys, and Destiny Muhammad, Harp and Vocals

“The Richard Howell Quintet is a stellar San Francisco-based all-star cast of artists featuring Richard Howellon saxophone and vocals, E.W. Wainwright on drums, Gary Brown on bass, Frederick Harris on piano and Destiny Muhammad on harp and vocals. The quintet’s theme is to demonstrate the exuberant, rich cultural heritage and definitive musical elements inherent in jazz…spontaneous creativity! The core concept explores accessible melodies, grooves and a spiritual tribute to those who came before us. They honor the old and new traditions in the music and weave the old and new into an innovative presentation of the music. They create improvised compositions at each performance. Every performance is purposely designed to be inclusive with the audience. The audience is an essential part of the performance.

The quintet is infectious and playful. Their music can create a gateway for persons to journey through time, space and dimension. Their music awakens the senses. Some of the audience responses include, people feel the love and connection, people feel pride to have the ancestors represented, people feel good, happy and inspired and want more. As one observer shared, “It’s fun to watch the artists interact and be part of the creation of the music, it makes me feel good and I leave happy.” The artists fundamentally agree that we aren’t free until we all are free.” (Quoted from a RHQ website)

To quote Richard from his website: “Our music is much like a revival touching souls with a purpose to enrich and enhance the lives of others while paying homage to those who came before us in the spirit and essence of John Coltrane. You’ll be singing, grooving – maybe dancing, too – when you hear this music. Check out this video about Richard’s quintet. RHQ released their latest CD: “We are all Still Connected” at Yoshi’s in 2010.

E.W. Wainright – Drums

E.W., as Richard calls him, is an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer, performing arts consultant, and producer has enjoyed an impressive career, represented by his command performance for the U.S. State Department and performances at Carnegie Hall and with Nelson Mandela’s USA tour in 1990. In his 40+ years in the entertainment industry, he has performed with numerous artists among which include Mark Almond Band, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy and Joe Henderson. Founder of African Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy in 1977, the academy honors the cultural heritage/roots of students whose ancestry began on the continent of Africa, as well as exposing students to the origins of many other cultures. Artists and performers of various ethnic backgrounds are an integral component to the academy. http://www.africanrootsofjazz.com/
Destiny Muhammad – Harp
Destiny Muhammad, Sound Sculptress, combines harp and vocal to create a soundscape that captivates her audience. She currently rewrites classic recordings specifically for the harp and creates original pieces of her own. Some of Destiny’s performances include: Narada Michael Walden, recording with India, Irei, Walt Disney Concert Hall, musical maestra for the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, Black Choreographers “Here and Now,” “The Secret” visionary Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Revelations Conference. Destiny is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and current Governor Elect for NARAS, Bay Area Folk Harp Society, the American Harp Society, A S C A P and endorsed by Triplett Harp Company. http://www.harpistfromthehood.com

Gary Brown – Bass

In the past 25 years, Gary has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, SouthAmerica and the Middle East where he has recorded and shared the stage with Flora Purim & Airto, Pharaoh Saunders, Steve Winwood, Narada Michael Walden, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Santana, Ernie Watts, George Duke, Andy Narrell, Pete and Sheila (Sheila E) Escovedo to name a few. As a member of Terra Sul he composed and co-produced on their cd “Kindness of Strangers” (Motown jazz label MoJazz). In addition to the co-writing and arranging, Gary alsoshares a producer credit with drummer Celso Alberti for recording artist Zaza’s ambitious cd “Book of Kings.”http://www.mellowtonemusic.com http://www.myspace.com/garybrownbass

Frederick Harris – Piano/Keys
Frederick Harris has done extensive work as concert and jazz pianist, music director, educator and coach in S.F. bay area. He has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Rebecca Parris, Kurt Elling, Barbara Morrison, Buster Williams, Chico Freeman, Bobby Watson, Billy Hart, Regina Carter, and others, as well as bay area artists, including The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, ex-bay area trumpeter Eddie Henderson, Eddie Marshall, Madeline Eastman and Dr. Margie Baker. He is a recitalist, recently doing concerts and master classes in Arizona (USA) sponsored by Sherman Clay/ Steinway & Sons, with engagements pending in Portland, OR (USA). He has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, with Idris Ackamoor, the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, and with Chico Freeman/The Leaders. http://www.fhperformances.org

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