Photos of Howard Roberts


Chet Atkins with H.R. in the background. Probably from the session for Chet Atkins in Hollywood recorded with the Dennis Farnon Orchestra on October 23, 1958.


Howard Roberts playing at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. Many thanks to Jeff Sherman of Bellarmine for this.


Thanks to jazz guitarist Paula Drake of Arizona for this picture.


Howard Roberts with the other musicians at the session for Rusty Bryant Plays Jazz and America's Greatest Jazz - Rusty Bryant on August 6 or 8, 1957.


Howard Roberts with Joe Pass (many thanks to Genil de Castro Junior an excellent jazz guitarist from Brazil for this)


Howard Roberts with Tal Farlow and Cal Collins at 1978 Concord Jazz Festival at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. There were four nights of shows. Six guitarists appeared on one of these nights: Howard Roberts, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Cal Collins and Remo Palmieri. This night was billed as the Guitar Summit. The Howard Roberts Quartet played on the next night of the festival. Many thanks to Jim Napier for the pictures and information.

Here is some more information about this event from Dave Anderson of San Francisco. "The opening night (Friday, July 21, 1978) was an extravaganza billed as Guitar Explosion, and featured the guitarists you've mentioned, plus Emily Remler, bassists Ray Brown and Monty Budwig, and drummers Jeff Hamilton (pictured) and Jake Hanna. (I was a junior in high school, and was in heaven.) Eight days later (Saturday, July 29, 1978) the Howard Roberts quartet split the bill with the Dave Brubeck (family) Quartet. Howard played with Pete Jolly, John Guerin, and bassist Dan Dean."


Howard Roberts with Pete Jolly at the 1977 Concord Jazz Festival (many thanks to Jim Napier for this).


Howard Roberts with John Guerin (unseen), Dan Dean, and Pete Jolly at the 1977 Concord Jazz Festival (many thanks to Jim Napier for this).


Howard Roberts with Tal Farlow at the 1977 Concord Jazz Festival (many thanks to Jim Napier for this).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé)


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts (photo taken by Andrea Augé).


Howard Roberts at a seminar in Marblehead, MA sometime in 1973-75 (many thanks to Paul Lovell an attendee).


Howard Roberts with Mick Goodrick at a seminar in Marblehead, MA sometime in 1973-75 (many thanks to Paul Lovell an attendee).


Howard Roberts, Tommy Tedesco, pianist unknown, Ray Pohlman, Lyle Ritz taken by trombonist Tommy Sheppard and thanks to Mitch Holder.


Tom Scott and Howard Roberts in 1969 (this picture is from the Tom Scott website - see Links on the sidebar).


Howard Roberts (at 19) and Pete Jolly (at 16) playing at a Local 586 Musicians Union party at the Mecca Lounge in Phoenix. This is the original professional level guitar that H.R. owned (a blond Epiphone Deluxe with a DeArmond pickup) and is currently owned by his daughter Madelyn Roberts. Thanks to Madelyn for the picture and information.


Mike, Howard and Patty Roberts in Hawaii, 1991.


Howard Roberts receiving an honor from the Mayor of Honolulu, July, 26, 1991. This was an event connected with the Roy Sakuma ukelele school and he also appears in the picture.


Howard Roberts teaching at one of his seminars.


Howard Roberts teaching at one of his seminars.


Howard Roberts teaching at at a workshop-assembly held at Berklee School of Music in Boston, October 4, 1973. (Thanks to Professor John Amaral, Director US School of Commercial Music "the guy in the glasses, upper right".)


Howard Roberts recording.


Howard Roberts recording.


First graduating class from GIT in 1978 with Howard Alden directly behind H.R. David Deavenport has provided some further identification of individuals in the picture. He is in the back row second from the left. Tommy Tedesco is to the right of H.R. with Ron Eschete between them. Don Mock is the front row second from the right. Pat Hicks is to the left of H.R. and Joe Dorio is to the right of Tommy Tedesco. He writes: "Also, next to me in the glasses, is Charlie Fechter, who used to hand notate some of the original REH books, among others. The lady in the lower left was Kathy, who taught a class in musical notation as well as being the receptionist. The lady on the bottom right next to Don Mock, was Becky Hicks, Pat's wife."


Howard Roberts (a picture from an article on David Axelrod in Wax Poetics #14)


Howard Roberts conducting a seminar (thanks to David Aline).


Howard Roberts performing at GIT September 30, 1982 (thanks to John Mair).


Howard Roberts and Jill Roberts, mother of Doug, Jay, and Chris Roberts (thanks to Jill for this).


Howard and Jill's three sons, Doug, Jay and Chris (thanks to Jill Roberts for this).


Hanna, a granddaughter of HR's, with a Chroma guitar (thanks to Jill Roberts for this).


HR's daughter Madelyn Roberts in 1948 on her first road gig (thanks to Madelyn for this).


HR wailing on his cherry red Gibson (currently owned by Mitch Holder and thanks to Mitch for this pic).


HR (?) accompanying Bobby Troup on The Stars of Jazz television show in the 50's.


HR on the back of the 1970's Rieber Hovde album Organic Sound.


HR in concert at the Honolulu Zoo (thanks to Mitch Holder, Ken, and Noel Okimoto).


HR in Honolulu. (thanks to Mitch Holder, Ken, and Noel Okimoto).


HR in Honolulu. (thanks to Mitch Holder, Ken, and Noel Okimoto).


This photo was taken by Andrea Augé.


HR at home in North Bend, Oregon holding Madelyn Roberts' L-4 (on the day that Elvis died). Thanks To Madelyn Roberts.


This was taken at the Holiday Inn in Dallas the night before HR played at the Dave Burley Cavalcade of Guitars Show in Dallas, 1977. Pictured (left to right) are HR, Les Paul, Madelyn Roberts, Bucky Pizzarelli, unknown, Tal Farlow. Thanks To Madelyn Roberts.


Thanks to Barry Worrell.


Thanks to Barry Worrell.


Thanks to Barry Worrell.


Thanks to Barry Worrell.


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Thanks to Barry Worrell.


Thanks to Barry Worrell.


Les Paul, Louis Bellson, Emmons, Howard Roberts, Slam Stewart, Dallas, 11-15-76. Thanks to Carl LaFong.


Dick Bellis (at his first session) with Howard Roberts and Ron Benson in behind (thanks to Ron Benson).


Howard Roberts in an advertisement for Benson amplifiers (thanks to Ron Benson).


Howard Roberts at a recording session in Phoenix, AZ 1960. Many thanks to Madelyn Roberts for this and below is her description of its origins.

"Jack Miller is today an octogenarian who is still actively recording and mastering at his Ramsey Studios, the premier recording venue in Phoenix when this photo was taken by Jack in 1960. That was the year AFM Pres. James Petrillo and the recording/motion picture/tv industry moguls weren't getting along so Petrillo called a recording ban in LA , and none of the recording musicians could work. MGM was making a film called "Wild River" currently rated as the American Film Institute's best movie from 1960, one of its picks as top 100 movies of all times. MGM sent the entire band over to Phoenix and they recorded the entire film score in Jack's tiny studio. Dad's concentration is electric in this shot, so Jack just gave me this photo last weekend when he recorded the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, of which I was a performing member...thought you'd want to add this to the archives, and I so appreciated Jack saving and giving this shot to me. "


Howard Roberts and Jimmy Raney at Bellarmine College (thanks to Ken)


Bobby Troup Trio with Howard Roberts and Bob Enevoldsen about 1954. The picture appeared in Theme Magazine and may have been part of a musical quiz-variety show, Musical Chairs on KTTV in Los Angeles that Bobby Troup appeared on as a regular panelist.


Bobby Troup Trio with Howard Roberts and Bob Enevoldsen about 1954. The picture appeared in Theme Magazine and may have been part of a musical quiz-variety show, Musical Chairs on KTTV in Los Angeles that Bobby Troup appeared on as a regular panelist.


Howard Roberts from the Pete Rugolo album Ten Trumpets and Two Guitars (thanks to Nick Rossi)


HR, Bobby Montoya and Johnny Smith (behind Bobby) at Johnny's music store. (thanks to Ken)


Howard Roberts in Hawaii. (thanks to Ken)


Howard with his Epiphone Custom and Benson amp.


The personnel for one of the 50 Guitars albums.


(thanks to David Aline)