Howard Richards

Petoskey, MI United States

Howard
Genres:Jazz - Bebop/Traditional, Jazz - 20’s - 40’s, Specialty - Americana/Western
Bio: HOWARD RICHARDS
JAZZ PIANO
BIOGRAPHY

Howard was born on July 10, 1955 in Evanston Illinois and began his musical journey at the age of 5.

Upon receiving a small Magnus Chord Organ for Christmas, he began learning songs from the radio by ear and it prompted his parents to enroll him at the Bettis School of music in Lake Zurich IL. In one year he was ready to play in recital at the organ even though he couldn’t yet reach the pedals. Over the next 10 years he achieved a great deal and earned four 1st place awards through the National Society of Student Organists.

He later turned his attention toward Classical music and studied with Dr. Wayne Wyrembelski from the University of Michigan. Within a few years he performed recitals including the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rheinberger, Boelmann and Franck. In 1979 he performed in Master Class with Dr. John Obetz.

After leaving Michigan in 1979 he traveled to Tucson AZ and was enrolled in Pima College for two years and then the University of Arizona. It was during this period that he became acquainted with the piano. It was in this genre that he discovered his true forte. After several years of serious Jazz studies under the tutelage of Michael Greco he accomplished what many thought was not possible, making the transition from organ to piano.

Returning to Michigan, he studied Classical piano at Bay View Conservatory and performed a number of all Chopin recitals as well as other programs encompassing a variety of composers. Jazz music eventually won out as he performed with many groups and ensembles throughout the state. He gained popularity as one of Michigan’s finest Jazz artists. His Jazz festival performances continue to receive airplay on Central Michigan University’s Public Radio.

In 2003, Howard brought his unique talent to Atlanta in order to further his career and find more venues for his jazz and original music. For the last three years, Howard has accompanied the “Lucia Celebration” for the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. He has also performed with several ensembles in the area, including performances at the Ritz-Carlton, and a Live Painting event with French artist Mathias Duhamel. Howard has also appeared on the Comcast Cable TV broadcast "Atlanta Jazz and Blues".
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