Video of H.R. playing is pretty scarce.
Stars of Jazz
This was a show on a Los Angeles television station hosted by
Bobby Troup during the 1950's. H.R. appeared on several shows. I do not know if
any of these are currently available. Below is the list
of shows that I know that he was on and who he was playing with.
- (16.07.56) Shelly Manne and his Men: Stu Williamson, trumpet;
Charlie Mariano, alto sax; Russ Freeman, piano; Leroy Vinnegar,
acoustic double bass; Shelly Manne, drums. + Corky Hale, harp, piano,
vocal; Howard Roberts, guitar.
- (06.08.56) The Buddy DeFranco Quintet:- Buddy De Franco, clarinet;
Marty Paich, piano; Howard Roberts, guitar; Ralph Peņa, acoustic double
bass; Frank De Vito, drums. + Lucy Ann Polk, vocal.
- (15.09.58) Les Brown and his Band of Renown, including Dick Collins,
Wes Hensel, trumpet; Dick Kenny, Stumpy Brown, trombone; Les Brown,
Ralph LaPolla, Matt Utal, Billy Usselton, Abe Aaron, Butch Stone,
reeds; Don Trenner, piano; Howard Roberts, guitar; Jules Bertaux,
acoustic double bass; Lloyd Morales, drums; + Laurie Johnson, vocal.
- (24.11.58) The Candoli Brothers Sextet:- Pete Candoli, Conte Candoli,
trumpet; Jimmy Rowles, piano; Howard Roberts, guitar; Red Mitchell,
acoustic double bass; Mel Lewis, drums. + Mark Murphy, vocal.
- (03.06.57) Benny Carter, alto sax; Pete Jolly, piano, accordion;
Jules Bertaux, acoustic double bass; Robert Neal, drums. +
Howard Roberts, guitar.
Other Appearances on Camera
- The motion picture A World of Beauty
1955, Director - Will Cowan,
Personnel on camera -
Pete Rugolo and his Orchestra (Howard Roberts, gtr) with June Christy, vocal.
- The Andy Griffith Show - The Guitar Player Returns
Definitely H.R. playing guitar throughout and some video of his hands
(note that the scapel picking).
episode can be found on Youtube. (Thanks to Mitch Holder for this.)