"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."
-- Louis Armstrong
ASO’s most recent member, Eileen Howard, grew up in a classical and musical theater household in the Seattle area. The first 15 years of her adult life, she worked in community development in Alaska, Mississippi, Australia, and Venezuela. When she and her husband settled down in Ohio, she studied music and started performing in musical theater productions.
In Ohio, she sang with several big bands and combos, including Satin and Brass, The Jim Johnson Orchestra, Buckeye Band, The Classmen, The Saxmen, and Trombones Plus. She had her own combo, The Eileen Howard Band and performed throughout Central Ohio at music festivals, clubs and concerts including the internationally renowned Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival and Creekside Festival. She worked as a critically acclaimed and award-winning actress in dozens of productions.
When her husband took a new job in New York, Eileen jumped into the Big Apple with both feet and sang at The Iridium, Birdland, and Don’t Tell Mama, among others. Her monthly Bluesy Brunch at the West End Lounge was an Upper West Side attraction and she performed monthly at Tomi Jazz in Midtown. As an actress, she performed in several off-off Broadway shows, culminating in a leading role at the New York International Fringe Festival.
When her husband’s work relocated from New York to Atlanta a year ago, Eileen again jumped into a new music scene and has been heard at Venkman’s, Apres Diem and The Red Light Café. Her first official show at The Velvet Note was sold out. She also appeared in the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival in Mother of God.
As a recording artist and performer, she has received accolades from Jazzis magazine, the New York West Side Spirit, All About Jazz, Jazz Quanta, New Jersey Jazz, BeBop Spoken Here, JazzReview.com, Blues Music, The Columbus Dispatch, and many more.
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