Howie Campbell

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  • The Good News of Christmas

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Bio

Howie stays on the road most of the year with his wife, Debbie, playing venues from backyards and coffee houses to county fairs and concert halls. Personalizing each show Howie loves connecting with folks through the songs he writes and covers by others. 70s folk style with jazz and R&B overtones, Howie sings about life, love, family and faith.

Always in tune with music, got serious... more

Howie stays on the road most of the year with his wife, Debbie, playing venues from backyards and coffee houses to county fairs and concert halls. Personalizing each show Howie loves connecting with folks through the songs he writes and covers by others. 70s folk style with jazz and R&B overtones, Howie sings about life, love, family and faith.

Always in tune with music, got serious after a stint in the Army. Bought an acoustic guitar and a couple Joni Mitchel and James Taylor albums and was out playing in clubs soon after. Played in the DCC Jazz Ensemble under direction of Roger Thorpe (trumpeter with the Glen Miller Band currently leading the Sammy Kaye Orchestra), then joined the Sunshine Band out of Newburgh, NY. Formed the Moose River Band in 1979.
While living in Hammondsport with my wife, Debbie, and two children, I met Jimmy Gannon (jazz arranger and bassist with Woody Hermon, Buddy Rich). He took me under his musical wing. He was arranging music for a trio he had with Steve Brown (guitar) and Brian Murphy (vibes), and delving into expressive jazz sounds that stretched my ear considerably. It was at this time that a major life change occurred: Jesus came looking for me, gave me new life and transformed everything. There was no turning back. Music suddenly took a back seat while Debbie and I raised a family. I played in various religious settings for about the next 18 years.
Then in 2003, began recording, stretching out, and in 2004 got involved with the Jefferson Jazz Jammers of Charlottesville, VA. Not long after that, I formed the Free Union Band to accommodate the good musicians that would join with Debbie and I as we travel. As a result of the JJJ, I began to sit in with a wonderful musician named George Melvin. He was very encouraging and I began getting more involved in the local music scene and was especially drawn to playing jazz when I could. That led to the formation of Cool Beans Jazz.
As of this writing (2010) Debbie and I travel the USA playing music and stopping in on Sarah and her family and Seamus, when we are nearby. So there you have it, in the proverbial nutshell.

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