Howard Fishman

Brooklyn, NY United States

photo by Jack Vartoogian
Genres:Folk, Cajun/Zydeco, Funk, Classical - Modern/Avant-Garde, Country - Alternative, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Jazz - Free/Avant-Garde, Jazz - Bebop/Traditional, Jazz - 20’s - 40’s, Pop Rock, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Polka, Specialty - Americana/Western, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Rockabilly, Rock - Pop Rock, Rock - Indie Rock, Rock - Experimental/Post-Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop , World - Western European, World - Spanish, World - Eastern European, Blues - Electric, Blues - Acoustic , Latin - Tango, RnB - Classic/Soul
Bio: Acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through a completely original, experimental aesthetic, to create a sound entirely his own.

Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before landing his first major engagement at the Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. Since then, he has headlined in some of the most prestigious venues in the US and abroad, including: The Lincoln Center American Songbook, The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, The Pasadena Playhouse, Duke Performances, The Great American Music Hall, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. A testament to his wide-ranging appeal, Fishman has appeared on bills with such diverse artists as: Odetta, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Robyn Hitchcock, Madeleine Peyroux and Allen Holdsworth.

Fishman is a frequent NPR guest, making feature-length appearances on "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, "World Cafe,” "The Leonard Lopate Show," “Word of Mouth” and "Soundcheck" among others.

Although primarily known as a songwriter, Fishman began his career immersed in early jazz, folk, blues, and country music, creating a bedrock of knowledge of American roots forms that, when applied to his pop, classical and experimental leanings, helped forge the style for which he is known today (and which critics are, universally, at a loss to describe).

In 2010, Fishman released a trilogy of new albums, each one set against the backdrop of a specific locale: “Better Get Right” (New Orleans), “No Further Instructions” (Romania) and “The World Will Be Different (Brooklyn). “Moon Country: Howard Fishman Quartet Vol. III” featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael is slated for release in 2011. His original oratorio "we are destroyed," featuring his band plus four singer/actors, continues to be programmed, most recently at the Abrons Arts Center in NYC.

Howard Fishman maintains a full-time touring schedule and has garnered a devoted following worldwide. www.howardfishman.com
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