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My Favourite Things - Howie Smith

Howie Smith
Page added Mar 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2014

Gerry Koster talks with US saxophonist Howie Smith, who helped to develop Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the 1970s.

This interview took place on Howie Smith's 2012 visit to Australia, during which time he also recorded the duo album Opal Dream with pianist Mike Nock.  Read a review on the album here.

Howie's favourite things

1. 'The Star-Crossed Lovers' - Duke Ellington
CD: The Great Paris Concert (Atlantic 7567813032)

2. 'My Funny Valentine' - Stan Getz / JJ Johnson
CD: Stan Getz and JJ Johnson At The Opera House (Verve 8312722)

3. 'I've Got You Under My Skin' - Frank Sinatra
CD: Sinatra's Sinatra (Reprise 1010FS2)

4. 'Weatherbird' - Louis Armstrong / Earl Hines
CD: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Columbia C4K63527)

5. 'All In The Numbers' - Howie Smith / Mike Nock
CD: Opal Dream (Open Blue Records)

6. 'Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?' - Frank Zappa
CD: Roxy and Elsewhere (Barking Pumpkin Records R2 74241)

Interview: April 17, 2012
ABC Jazz, Sydney
Presenter: Gerry Koster
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Apr 5, 2013. 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Howie Smith (born February 25, 1943), is a saxophonist, composer, jazz musician and educator Howie Smith was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in 1943. He was an instructor for the University of Illinois Division of Music Extension from 1970 to 1973 and also taught at Northern Illinois University in 1971. In 1973, under a Fulbright grant, he set up the first tertiary level jazz studies program...

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