Salonline 2025-05-05 John Howard Jazz Trio

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Sunday, May 5 2024

— a “hybrid” event —

Enchanting Ellington

Celebrating DC native Duke Ellington’s 125th birthday (April 29, 1899) and marking the 50th anniversary of his passing (May 24, 1974) with 9 timeless jazz classics.


C Jam Blues (Duke’s Place)
In A Mellow Tone
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Satin Doll
In A Sentimental Mood
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Take The A Train
Come Sunday


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.

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 the John Howard Trio, Hard Swimmin’ Fish ( ), Chopteeth Afro-Funk Big Band ( , the Vibe Collective (on FB @vibecollective), and the Bumper Jacksons ( . 

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