Salonline 2023-06-11 The John Howard Trio — Latin Jazz

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Sunday June 11, 2023
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast

– A “hybrid” concert –

John Howard Trio

John Howard, piano
Jason Walker, percussion
Eugenio Ibarz, bass

Facets of Latin Jazz

(*) Photos courtesy Jeffrey Macmillan

An exploration of the different influences that Jazz has synthesized coming from the many realms of Latin music and cultures.


(subject to change)

   Insensatez (How Insensitive)
Armando’s Rhumba

Watermelon Man
Recorda Me
Take Five
Bernie’s Tune
Señor Blues
Quizás, quizás, quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
Mambo influenciado


John Howard: From a musical family, John Howard played many instruments before beginning piano study in his senior year of high school. He has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he attended on an Andy Griffith Scholarship. While in Chapel Hill he also played in the jazz bands and performed with drummer Louis Bellson and trombonist Al Grey of the Count Basie Orchestra. John began teaching music at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC in 1989, where he founded the music department. John’s Burke bands have performed at Blues Alley annually for over 15 years. They are founding performers of the Big Band Jam on the Mall, appearing every year since inception in 2004. Since 1995 they are annual participants in the Georgetown Day School Jazz Festival. In 2014 John co-founded Takoma Jazz with colleague Eugenio Ibarz, which ranges from  solo piano to a quintet with horns and/or vocals. Evolving from a duo with bassist Eugenio on guitar and then bass, they have worked together for over 15 years, performing at countless events throughout the DC area.

Jason Walker is a seasoned DMV drummer and percussionist whose wide range of interests have led to playing a diverse range of music including blues, Afro-Caribbean jazz, afro beat, and Americana. You can hear him throughout the DMV with Hard Swimmin’ Fish ( ), Chopteeth Afro-Funk Big Band ( , the Vibe Collective (on FB @vibecollective), the John Howard Trio, and the Bumper Jacksons ( . He is excited to share the stage with John and Eugenio and present the beauty of Afro-Cuban jazz with the Salon audience.

Bassist Eugenio Ibarz was born in Barcelona (Spain). He learned classical guitar, and then transitioned to jazz guitar. In the 90’s he was a freelance guitar player and teacher, giving lessons and playing electric guitar and bass in different bands. Eugenio moved to the U.S. in 2002, where he taught guitar for a number of years, and has been performing actively in jazz groups and other musical styles in the DMV area since 2018.

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