Joe Howard was born in Cleveland in 1928. A pianist from an early age, he attended John Adams High School, Cleveland Institute of Music, and, after a stint in the Army, Western Reserve University. After college he played piano live for WTAM, Cleveland's NBC affiliate.
In 1959 he became music director at WEWS-TV, Channel 5, where he played live daily. Later he earned a masters degree from Kent State University and in 1967 he became a music professor at Cuyahoga Community College. At this time he was described by Cleveland's daily paper, The Plain Dealer, as "Cleveland's most widely known and accomplished Jazz pianist." He also headed jazz studies at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.
He earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Art Tatum. Throughout this professional and academic career he played in a wide variety of venues and with a wide range of other players, bands, and orchestras. For years he spent regular time in Florida. He was playing in local clubs until weeks before his death.
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Jazz, Highway 20
1 Dorioso (Hall, Howard) 3:10
2 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, LaTouche) 3:08
3 Whistle While You Work (Churchill, Morey) 2:22
4 Memories of You (Blake, Razaf) 4:50
5 You Took Advantage of Me (Rodgers, Hart) 3:12
6 All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein) 3:35
7 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence) 4:32
8 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro) 3:29
9 I'll Remember April (Raye, DePaul, Johnston) 3:37
Joe Howard - p
Bob Sikora - b
Iggy Valenti - dr
Recorded at Universal Studios ; Chicago, 1956