Guitarist, Composer
Born on the Isle of Wight in 1972, Jamie's earliest music influence was his brother's eclectic record collection which introduced him to British punk and indie, blues rock, experimental art music and many varieties of pop. The two brothers also began playing drums when Jamie was 11 giving him his first experience of playing an instrument. When he picked up the guitar aged 13 it was used to copy the likes of Brian May, Angus Young and Jimmy Page and lead to the formation of his first band 'Eat Your Cabbage' (later becoming 'The Rhythm Method'). Performing live around the Island gave Jamie a taste for pursuing a music career and the discovery of Vernon Reid's Living Colour had opened his ears to the world outside rock. In 1991 he went to college in Chichester where he was tutored by Bobby Wellins and then a year later in Leeds where he studied Jazz at CLCM with tutors including Mike Walker and Adrian Ingram. In 1997 Jamie moved to Budapest to seek pastures new and became involved with local and expat musicians there. Along with American Todd Warner Moore, Canadian Scott Finlayson and fellow Brit Michael Kentish he formed the band Tea Thieves who became a regular feature on the Budapest music scene and recorded three collections of songs. Jamie's first serious attempt at writing was his contribution of a number of songs to this band's repertoire on which he also sang lead vocals. During this period he also played with post-punk band Fabulon (featuring ex. Flop drummer Nate Johnson), experimental trip-hop band Ez a Divat and with jazz musicians Szabolcs Oláh and Márton Soós.

Returning to the UK in 2002, Jamie began teaching electric and classical guitar around Berkshire as well as working as a freelance player in jazz groups, show bands and musical theatre pits. Reunited with his brother on drums they formed hard rock band mFish to play Jamie's songs and around the same time Jamie started to accompany French jazz singer Mel Stempinski. He started Reading's first jazz jam session in 2007 with a house band featuring saxophonist Jake Goss and in 2008 formed the band that was to become the organ trio Evidence Bass. The trio accompanied singer Linley Weir in a series of shows at venues including the Pheasantry and The Colour House Theatre and at the Newport Jazz weekend on the Isle of Wight. They were also the house band for a series of gigs at the Olympia ballroom in Reading accompanying guests including Kelly Dixon, Rik Martin and Ruth Hammond. Over recent years Jamie has performed with some of Berkshire's best jazz musicians at venues and festivals including Marlborough Jazz festival, Flowing Spring Jazz festival, Basingstoke Live, Sub 69 (supporting Craig Charles) and the Reading Jazz Cafe (supporting Ian Shaw and Art Themen).

Since returning to the UK Jamie has also been composing for his bands and gigging regularly on bass guitar and has recently taken up double bass. He lives in Hampshire and runs Kingsclere Rock School and Kingsclere Guitar Society.
Bookings & info
Jamie Howell
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