Ross Howe was born and has spent much of his living in the East Bay Area. He is currently finishing up his BM in Jazz Studies as a senior at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. But in addition to finishing up his studies he is an active studio and gigging musician in the Bay Area and teaches privately in Oakland, CA. He has already been lucky enough to study, preform and record with some of the bay area's most talented musicians such as Steve Erquiga, Scott Thompson, Paul Mehling and Marcos Silva, and no doubt will continue to in the future.
Growing up in the Bay Area in the early 2000's he was heavily influenced by the local funk and hip hop scenes that developed during that time and undoubtedly had a profound impact on his musical sensibilities and style. Ross started out playing Piano at the age of 8 and then turned to cello at 11 and by the time he turned 12 he had begun to play guitar and has been in love with it ever since. His playing incorporates elements of the classical tradition with a heavy influence of some of todays most cutting edge and modern jazz guitarists such as Chico Pinheiro, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg and Adrien Moignard, all the while maintaining a clear respect of the jazz guitar tradition and it's forefathers particularly Django Reinhardt.
When not playing or teaching guitar Ross also spends his time producing a few local musical projects and racing sailboats on the beautiful San Francisco Bay. All in all Ross tries to breathe a bit of fresh air into the art of contemporary improvised art music through a fresh sensibility and aesthetic that you will likely find refreshing.