For years, I’ve enjoyed Darnell Howard’s work as the fiery clarinetist on records spanning Jazz Age Chicago to West Coast “revival.” But researching his life and career helped me appreciate him as a versatile musician, hustling performer, proud Chicagoan, and—by all accounts—a warm soul.
The Syncopated Times was kind enough to let me share more of Howard’s story, and I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for writing about one of my favorite musicians, Andrew. That is a great article!
Thank YOU, Hal, for the great insights about Howard that you’ve published online. I’m so glad you enjoyed this piece, and I hope you also like the second part!