Avery Howard, 22 April 1908, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 28 March 1966, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Howard played drums in bands in and around his home-town for several years. He then switched to trumpet and by the late 20s was leading a popular local band. Although he occasionally played outside the city, New Orleans was where he was at ease and he remained there throughout the next two decades. In the 50s he ventured further afield, even visiting Europe with George Lewis. By the 60s he was back home, where he continued to play despite illness until shortly before his death, in 1966. Highly regarded by his fellow New Orleans musicians, Howard was reputed to have been a powerful player with a rich sound and fierce attack that revealed the influence of players such as Chris Kelly and Louis Armstrong. By the time of his appearances with Lewis, however, his lip was in poor shape and he was capable of only a few flashes of the power displayed on his scarce early...