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Owen Howard


Owen Howard (drummer) was born and raised in Edmonton. His passion for the drums began at the age of 15. In 1988 he made the move to New York to complete his BFA at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has lived th

As a bandleader, Owen has released five recordings. They include Pentagon, Days Before and After (co-lead with saxophonist Andrew Rathbun), and Time Cycles. His recordings, Drum Lore and Drum Lore Vol. 2 received a JUNO nominations.

Owen has performed and/or recorded with Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Dave Holland, Sheila Jordan, and Tom Harrell. As part of a community of creative improvisers, Owen continues to collaborate with contemporaries such as John O’Gallagher, Andrew Rathbun, Frank Carlberg, Adam Kolker, Benedikt Jahnel, John Hebert, Ben Monder, Chris Potter, and Andy Middleton.

As an educator, Owen has conducted workshops and clinics throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. He has been on faculty at the Banff Centre Of The Arts and the Maine Jazz Camp, and has held guest professorships at St. Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia and The University of Fine Arts, in Berlin.


2011 - JUNO nomination for 'Traditional Jazz Album' for Drum Lore
2015 - JUNO nomination for 'Jazz Album of the Year, by a Solo Artist' for Drum Lore Vol. 2