Ollie Howell
Instrumentalist / Composer

“So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat” (Quincy Jones)

Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)78 8466 4051
Tom McNeill +44 (0)20 3725 9111
Chiara Beebe +44 (0)20 3725 9136

Biography

In partnership with Polyarts

Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, instrumentalist, composer, producer and broadcaster.

Based in London, Ollie is establishing a name for himself both in the UK and internationally. His live shows and recordings impress fans with a punchy blend of creativity, stunning improvisation and critically acclaimed compositions.

In partnership with Polyarts

Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, instrumentalist, composer, producer and broadcaster.

Based in London, Ollie is establishing a name for himself both in the UK and internationally. His live shows and recordings impress fans with a punchy blend of creativity, stunning improvisation and critically acclaimed compositions.

Ollie is the first ever jazz recipient of a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. His first album Sutures and Stitches received critical acclaim, with The Guardian hailing it as "a fine debut" and Mojo stating that his music "has delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty".

He is now finalising his upcoming second album Self Identity and has filmed a program for the Sky Arts channel around the making of the album, presented by Melvyn Bragg. 

Ollie is a multi-faceted and talented artist, easily writing music for films, TV, and commercials, producing pop artists as well as working as a presenter on Jazz London Radio and Jazz FM. Recent / Upcoming performance highlights include: Love Supreme Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s.

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Contacts

Moema Parrott +44 (0)78 8466 4051
Tom McNeill +44 (0)20 3725 9111
Chiara Beebe +44 (0)20 3725 9136

Reviews

"Quincy had handpicked rising stars: young guns still forging their reputations on the international scene — for the initial 3 month residency he chose Ollie Howell." (The Times)

“Featuring punctilious percussion and warm, open compositions that never strain to impress, the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty.” (MOJO Magazine)

“One of the brightest young stars in the jazz firmament” (Jazzwise Magazine)

"Quincy had handpicked rising stars: young guns still forging their reputations on the international scene — for the initial 3 month residency he chose Ollie Howell." (The Times)

“Featuring punctilious percussion and warm, open compositions that never strain to impress, the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty.” (MOJO Magazine)

“One of the brightest young stars in the jazz firmament” (Jazzwise Magazine)

“An impressive debut recording” (The Financial Times)

“When a debut album sounds this good (correction: this spectacular), you simply cannot ignore it! ... A superbly creative and rounded album” (AP Reviews)

“The energy of the young musicians is impressive… many inspirational moments.” (Sound and Image - Germany)

“Howell himself sometimes plays with the approach and poly-rhythms inspired by Elvin Jones, and can act with both vigour or restraint.” (Musik an Sich - Germany)

“An excellent drummer.” (Rhein Main Magazine - Germany)

“The album boasts an impeccable sound quality and a fine selection of outstanding compositions with the various modern inspirations from the London & New York jazz scenes. A true devotion to melodic themes that remain in the memory also with rousing grooves and virtuosic solos played by some of the emerging stars of the British jazz scene.” (CD Aktuell - Germany)

Discography