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Howard Roberts

  • Born Howard Mancel Roberts, 2 October 1929, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Died 29 June 1992, Seattle, Washingotn

Howard Roberts is a lesser known but highly influential guitar players. His career focused on studio work in Hollywood, but he recorded a number of albums under his own name for Verve, Capitol, and Concord. His guitar work was prominent on the soundtrack to the Henry Fonda western, "The Deputy," and he played the dee-doo, dee-doo signature motif from the theme for "The Twilight Zone." Roberts estimated that he played on over 2000 albums during his years with the studios, less than 2 percent of them related to jazz. He cofounded the Guitar Institute of Technology (now the Musician's Institute) and wrote a monthly column for Guitar Player magazine for many years. With Wes Montgomery, he was responsible for introducing funk into jazz guitar playing, influencing younger players such as Grant Green and George Benson. Many of Roberts' early Capitol albums feature Paul Bryant, one of the very best Hammond B3 funk organists, and all his Capitol albums are worth seeking out.

Check out Professor Michael Evan's terrific page loaded with information on Howard Roberts: http://www.utstat.utoronto.ca/mikevans/hroberts.html.


  • The Movin' Man, Verve
  • Color Him Funky, Capitol ST 1887
  • Howard Roberts is a Dirty Guitar Player, Capitol ST 1961
  • Something's Cookin', Capitol ST 1887
  • "Goodies," Capitol ST 2400
  • Whatever's Fair, Capitol ST 2478
  • All-Time Great Instrumental Hits, Capitol ST 2609
  • Jaunty-Jolly, Capitol ST 2716
  • Guilty!, Capitol ST 2824
  • Out Of Sight, Capitol ST 2901
  • Spinning Wheel, Capitol ST 3338
  • The Real Howard Roberts, Concord Jazz CJ53

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