Howard is one of the best Jazz sax players to ever come out of the SF Bay Area, in my opinion.
I met Howard, several years back, by way of watching a Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillett Lickers show. One of my old trumpet mentors was playing trumpet in the band - Allen Smith.
Allen gave me some trumpet lessons, got me an Allen Vizzutti trumpet exercise book and I kept in touch with him throughout the years. He passed a few years ago, but he is also very legendary within the music communities and what a great human being that guy was. I'll hopefully post a picture of me and him playing the song Summertime, from the Napa Valley Jazz Fest in 1996. I believe Larry Vucovich was playing piano and some other top flight San Francisco Jazz musicians.
Getting back to Howard.. he's a top flight musician, sax player. I would like to sometime ask him a few questions for a blog post soon.. how the style of music he plays in relates to trumpet playing, etc.