Howard Roberts

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz guitar lounge easy listening Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Links online: Allmusic VIAF Wikipedia


Howard Mancel Roberts, 2 October 1929, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, d. 28 June 1992, Seattle, Washington, USA. After intensive studies on guitar and in music theory, Roberts became a very busy studio musician in Los Angeles. Through the 50s and 60s he played on countless records, mostly pop and rock, but he also featured on several jazz dates. During these years he played in jazz groups for club sessions, sometimes as leader. When let loose from studio restrictions on a true jazz date, as on an especially exhilarating set by his so-called Magic Band, recorded live at Donte’s in 1968 with musicians including Pete Christlieb, Dave Grusin and Chuck Berghofer, he could be an exceptionally creative and exciting player.

In the early 70s he added to his busy schedule by starting to teach and write instructional material for music publications. In the middle of the decade he was a founder member of the Guitar Institute of Technology, which...

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