Beyond Category: Howard Aldeni
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February 06, 2013
Swing guitarist Howard Alden is known for performing the brilliant guitar work in Woody Allen’s movie “Sweet and Lowdown.” In the film, Sean Penn plays a man wracked by the knowledge that he’s only the second greatest guitarist in the world (after Django Reinhardt). Alden provided the guitar work for the soundtrack and coached Penn on how to look like he was actually playing the guitar. Alden melds a deep understanding of such jazz guitar masters as Barney Kessel, George Van Eps and Bucky Pizzarelli into his own modern swing style. Howard Alden appears on Beyond Category in duo with singer Jeanne Gies.

Beyond Category: Howard Alden

Published February 05, 2013

Swing guitarist Howard Alden is known for performing the brilliant guitar work in Woody Allen’s movie “Sweet and Lowdown.” In the film, Sean Penn plays a man wracked by the knowledge that he’s only the second greatest guitarist in the world (after Django Reinhardt). Alden provided the guitar work for the soundtrack and coached Penn on how to look like he was actually playing the guitar. Alden melds a deep understanding of such jazz guitar masters as Barney Kessel, George Van Eps and Bucky Pizzarelli into his own modern swing style. Howard Alden appears on Beyond Category in duo with singer Jeanne Gies.

Beyond Category

The great Duke Ellington described the best music as being "beyond category." "Beyond Category with Eric Felten" brings the best of jazz, blues, swing, and more.

Join host Eric Felten in the clubs around Washington D.C. for a behind-the-scenes, intimate conversation with world-class musicians working in jazz and blues. Part interview, part jam session, explore the history, rhythms and sounds of great music.

Your host, a jazz trombonist in his own right, interviews great artists - and sits in to perform with them, taking the audience on an unpredictable musical adventure.

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