Award-winning American Jazz guitarist to visit Swindon venue
By Jessica Durston - 4 October 2022
Arts and Culture
Jazz legend Howard Alden will be playing an intimate gig at The Royal Oak in Old Town this month.
The California-born guitarist's Swindon date is part of a small UK tour this October.
His performance at The Royal Oak will take place on Tuesday, 11 October.
Alden moved to New York in the 1980's, and is known for playing a seven-string guitar as well as the more regular six-string. Regarded as one of the top guitarists in the genre, he has played with titans of the scene including Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman.
Alden has won many awards, including being listed in the top 75 guitarists by legendary Jazz & Blues publication, Downbeat Magazine.
The guitarist also recorded the musical performances for Sean Penn's character Emmet Ray in the 1991 film Sweet and Lowdown. Alden worked with Penn and taught him how to mime the guitar playing on screen.
His small run of dates also include the iconic 606 Club in London. For his performance at The Royal Oak, Alden will be accompanied by the Denny Ilett Trio. Denny Ilett is himself a renowned guitarist in the UK and across Europe, and this intimate and unique session is said to be a must-see event for players, or fans of Jazz guitar.
'Jazz On The Corner' is a free entry Jazz session held every Tuesday night at The Royal Oak in Old Town, and together with its previous home, it has been running for 12 years.
The evening's first set will start at 8pm. For more information, individuals can go to jazzknights.co.uk