Currently working as Assistant Composer on an upcoming BBC Series, Ollie orchestrated and conducted a contemporary string session at the world famous AIR Studios this week, adding an exciting and modern flavour to the series' music, composed by Benji Merrison and Will Slater. For more updates on this series during it's score creation period, follow Ollie on Instagram.
As a Friend and supporter of Youth Music, Ollie will be taking part in their 'Give a Gig Week' again this year, with a performance at the 606 Jazz Club in London on March 19th.
Ollie spoke with their blog about his work with Youth Music and what to expect from this performance:
Ollie, alongside collaborators Benji Merrison and Matt Hawken, will be scoring the soundtracks to two upcoming Nature Documentary Series' for the Sky One channel. The two programmes, details TBA, will be airing later in 2018. More details coming soon.
Music legend Quincy Jones has continued his endorsement of Ollie and his music by including one of Ollie's compositions on his brand new "Weekly Top 20" Spotify playlist series. You can check out the playlist via the link below:
Ollie has become an official Friend of the Youth Music charity, which invests in music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances.
M Magazine revealed the news on their website, and you can read the full article here:
The brand new music video for 'Knew', taken from Ollie's new album 'Self-Identity', is now online. It was premiered by Jazzwise last week, and you can watch the video and read their piece on it here:
You can also watch that, along with many other videos, via the MEDIA dropdown menu on this site. Enjoy!
Ollie's second album, described by Jazz FM as "One of the most hotly anticipated Jazz albums of the year", is now available worldwide on Ropeadope Records. You can here the album on all good streaming sites, and you can buy physical copies following the link below:
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Jazz FM are doing a special ticket giveaway competition for Ollie's album launch show at Rich Mix in London, on April 7th. To be in for a chance, simply click on the link below and answer the simple question:
You can now listen back to Ollie's show 'Hail Quincy - The Mentoring Dude', that he hosted on BBC Music Jazz during the London Jazz Festival 2017. The show, produced by Jazz FM, features Ollie talking about Quincy's influence as a mentor to young musicians, and features interviews and tracks from some other Artists that Quincy is currently working with.
You can find the interview on Ollie's Radio page here: http://olliehowell.com/radio/
The official Worldwide Album release show for Ollie's second album, 'Self-Identity', will be at Rich Mix in Shoreditch (London), on April 7th 2017. Fresh from performing the opening residency at 'Q's', Quincy Jones' first ever jazz venue in Dubai, Ollie and his group will be performing music from the upcoming record, one week before it's international CD release. You can buy tickets here: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/ollie-howell-album-launch
Ollie has now officially signed to the Ropeadope label for 'Self-Identity', his 2nd record, supported by his Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. The album, recorded at Peter Gabriel's world famous Real World Studios, will be released worldwide on March 17th, 2017, with a release tour to be announced.
Ollie is currently the first ever Artist in Residence at the world's first Quincy Jones jazz bar, at the Palazzo Versace hotel in Dubai, with the official launch night scheduled for Dec 8th/9th, where he will be also sharing the stage with Dirty Loops, before continuing the residency with his band until Feb 2017.
Check out the following press release for more details:
Music legend Quincy Jones is opening his first ever bar. Q’s is set to become Dubai’s most desirable venue for live entertainment and Polyarts are thrilled to announce that he’s invited Ollie Howell to perform the opening residency.
Based in the luxurious Palazzo Versace Dubai, the living room-like space will feature performances from an ever-changing schedule of acts featuring next generation stars, directed by Quincy himself. Starting November onwards Q's Bar and Lounge will feature the talented, multi-award winning drummer, instrumentalist, composer and producer Ollie Howell, whose live shows and recordings have impressed fans around the world. In the words of Quincy Jones, Ollie Howell is 'an unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it… he really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat.'
Ollie said: ‘I feel truly honoured and humbled to have been asked by Quincy to perform the opening residency at the club with my group. I really don’t know if my debut album would have been created in quite the same way, had it not been for my interaction with Quincy at that time, and the impact his continued support and help is having on me is simply unquantifiable.’
The residency runs from the hotel’s opening night on 14 November until 12 February. It’s going to be an incredible experience and you can follow the opening, the club and our whole Dubai adventure on Ollie’s social media channels.
Full residency details: http://www.palazzoversace.ae/en/restaurants/qs-bar-and-lounge.html
Ollie has now been signed to Polyarts (in partnership with Harrison Parrott) for international management. Lots of exciting news an updates coming very soon. You can read more about it via the article below:
Ollie will be performing once again at the EFG London Jazz Festival this year in November, making his debut at the acclaimed Camden venue The Forge. Ollie and his group's show will be at 2pm on Saturday 12th November, and will be performing music from Ollie's upcoming brand new album 'Self-Identity' as well as some brand new music, specially composed for the festival.
You can find out more info and buy tickets via the following link:
The first of four webisodes documenting the making of Ollie’s upcoming new album ‘Self Identity’ is now online here:
This first past talks about Ollie’s beginnings into music, and how the journey over the last few years has led to this new album.
Please subscribe to Ollie’s youtube channel to see Part Two as soon as it is released.
Following his appearance at last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, where he performed as part of a truly unique experience alongside a brain surgery demonstration, Ollie and Professor Roger Kneebone (Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London) were interviewed for Norwegian Radio station NRK, talking about the links between surgery and jazz, and how Ollie’s own experience of brain surgery has influenced his early career. You can listen via the link below (about 14 minutes in):