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Music Memory - Carlie Howell

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Carlie Howell as an instrumentalist, composer, digital creator and artist-educator.  She is the leader of own original folk-jazz trio Carlie Howell and the DeHarms, and can be heard around town playing bass, percussion and singing with a host of bands.

"This memory goes back to my teenage years.

I was 16 years old and had been selected as the bassist for the "Telluride All-Stars," a youth jazz ensemble that perform at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado each year.  In the week leading up to the festival, I got to live the real professional-musician life, rehearsing, hanging with the band, and jamming in the evening at a local restaurant.  When the festival weekend arrived, I was stoked and terrified to share the stage with a truly awe-inspiring line-up of many of my jazz idols - Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard, Cedar Walton, Holly Hofmann...the list went on and on.  Even more exciting was that we had full back-stage access just like any of the other performers, so there I was with my Real-Book and sharpie in hand, collecting a who's-who of signatures.

I'll never forgot the feeling of being on that stage, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, looking out across the largest audience I had ever stood in front of.  When we finished a well-received performance, we crossed paths with the next band "The Art of Time Ensemble" featuring none other than one of my favorite bassists Avishai Cohen.  He congratulated me on a great set . Back at home in Brandon Manitoba -- I was left with a hunger to do it all again. This memory led to my pursuit of an education in jazz and a career in music."

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