“So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat”
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 as a performer and composer. His live shows and recordings impress fans with a punchy blend of creativity, stunning improvisation and critically acclaimed compositions. Ollie is increasingly in demand as a composer and arranger. You can hear his arrangements in the latest albums from Jack Savoretti and George Ezra. He has been commissioned to write the soundtracks for several films and the London Chamber Orchestra commissioned and premiered his first orchestral commission in Cadogan Hall.
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”. The record is typical of Ollie’s relentless spirit, written in part from his hospital bed as he recovered from a brain malformation and determined to forge something positive from the experience. Ollie released Self-Identity “one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year” (Jazz FM) on Ropeadope.
As well as being an award-winning performer, Ollie also composes music for picture, including for film, television and commercials. His film work has been shown at international film festivals around the world, and his compositions for television have appeared on international networks.
Ollie has also written adverts and promotional music for many large, international clients. His most recent work includes three series for Sky and the new David Attenborough Series for the BBC.
Ollie is a multi-faceted and talented artist, writing music regularly for films, TV, and commercials, producing pop artists as well as working as a presenter on Jazz London Radio and Jazz FM. Recent and upcoming performance highlights include: Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall and Ronnie Scott’s. He is endorsed by Premier Percussion.
“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.”
“Featuring punctilious percussion and warm, open compositions that never strain to impress, the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty.”
“One of the brightest young stars in the jazz firmament”
“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)“When a debut album sounds this good (correction: this spectacular), you simply cannot ignore it! … A superbly creative and rounded album”
“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.”
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