Paul Howard

born: 20 September 1895
Steubenville, Ohio,
United States of America
died: 18 February 1980
Los Angeles County, California,
United States of America
(age 84)

Black American jazz musician, nicknamed "Ox Blood." He played saxophone and clarinet. After moving to California in 1911 and playing in various jazz bands, including a stint with Harry Southard's Black and Tan Orchestra (c. 1918-1923), he led the Quality Four (1923-24), which was later reformed and expanded into Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders (1925-30). After the Serenaders' disbandment, Howard kept busy performing with other groups, including with former Serenader Lionel Hampton in 1935, before once more fronting his own band at the L.A. club Virginia's (1939-53) and performing into the early 1960s. He was also Financial Secretary of the Los Angeles branch of the Musicians' Union.
Real name: Paul Leroy Howard
Height: 5'4"
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