Sunday November 19, 2023
— a “hybrid” event —
The John Howard/Eugenio Ibarz Duo
John Howard, Piano
Eugenio Ibarz, Bass
Duo Jazz Conversations Piano and Bass
photo by Jeff MacMillan
John and Eu will perform 10 jazz tunes in duo format, with an emphasis on the conversational aspects of performing and improvising. Composers include: George and Ira Gershwin, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Fats Waller, Chucho Valdez, Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington, Oscar Pettiforrd, and Wes Montgomery.
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 almost 20 years. They are also founding performers of the Big Band Jam on the Mall. Since 1995 they are annual participants in the Georgetown Day School Jazz Festival. John’s trio performs weekly at the Little Beast Bistro in Chevy Chase, DC every Thursday from 6-8 pm.
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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