Howe Cochran


Howe joined the Monterey Music scene with Blue-wave band Firehouse Harris, thrilling nightclub dancers from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. A string of great bands followed including Interstate Blues Band, which would take Howe to his first of many performances at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Howe subsequently performed thousands of gigs with vocal trio Illuminati, culminating in a 14 year run at Sly McFly’s on Cannery Row, Monterey’s finest blues and jazz supper house. His association with Illuminati led Howe to play in the Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars, where he participated in the festival outreach program, playing with the best of the best. Howe took his “Heroes of the Blues” show to new heights, touring throughout the Sierra Nevada gold country, before returning to DG Records and his time with the Blue Collar Band, which has held Monterey County audiences in thrall for 3 years running. Playing pedal steel guitar for Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us took that group to a new level of audience excitement and led to release of an outstanding and popular CD. His work with Swing bands The Conte Four and Don Eschoff’s Music Unlimited whetted Howe’s appetite for a unique music group that could bring the most beautiful tunes of the American Songbook to audiences, and with flutist Ellen Berramoun he founded Shades of Light. This dynamic ensemble added joyful Brazillian Jazz to the mix; Howe and Ellen were delighted to discover their matched skills at crafting popular tunes in a jazz style, brin