George Howard (jazz)

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George Howard
George Howard.jpg
George Howard, 1992.
Background information
Born(1956-09-15)September 15, 1956
OriginPhiladelphia
DiedMarch 20, 1998(1998-03-20) (aged 41)
GenresJazz, Smooth Jazz
InstrumentsSaxophone
Years active1970s — 1998
LabelsGRP Records
MCA Records
Palo Alto Records
 
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George Howard
George Howard.jpg
George Howard, 1992.
Background information
Born(1956-09-15)September 15, 1956
OriginPhiladelphia
DiedMarch 20, 1998(1998-03-20) (aged 41)
GenresJazz, Smooth Jazz
InstrumentsSaxophone
Years active1970s — 1998
LabelsGRP Records
MCA Records
Palo Alto Records

George Howard (September 15, 1956 – March 20, 1998) was an American Jazz-Funk/ Fusion /Smooth Jazz soprano saxophonist.[1]

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Howard was born September 15, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the late 1970s, he began touring with Grover Washington, Jr., who was one of his idols. In the early 1980s, Howard released his first and second studio albums, Asphalt Gardens and Steppin' Out. Both albums were well received and ranked high on the Billboard magazine jazz album charts at number 25 and 9, respectively.

By 1985, Howard's third album, Dancing in the Sun, had scaled the Billboard Jazz Album chart to number 1. Each of his next three albums, Love Will Follow, A Nice Place to Be and Reflections would also reach this height in the Jazz Album chart. After the success of Dancing in the Sun, Howard left the label GRP Records in order to join MCA through the 1988 release of Reflections. However, he returned to GRP Records in 1990 and released Love and Understanding in 1991. He also released other albums like Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (1992), When Summer Comes (1993), A Home Far Away (1994), Attitude Adjustment (1996), and Midnight Mood (1998).

He stayed with GRP until his death of lymphoma on March 20, 1998. His final album, There's a Riot Goin' On was released posthumously (one month after his death) on April 21 by Blue Note Records.

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