Arnett Howard is an African American jazz musician, journalist, teacher, author, historian, and official ambassador for Columbus, Ohio, United States.
Arnett was born September 6, 1950 in Welch, West Virginia, United States, but was raised in Plain City, Ohio. He graduated from Jonathan Alder High School in 1968, where he played trumpet in the school’s marching band. After high school, he started taking classes at Capital University in 1968, but left college in 1970 to pursue his musical career. He eventually graduated from Capital in 1999. Howard returned to Capital University in 2007, as a teacher, to teach a class called “Columbus Jazz History”. He has also co-authored the books Columbus: The Musical Crossroads, Listen for the Jazz: Key Notes in Columbus History, and Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State.MusicianHoward first started playing music professionally in 1967.
Since 1985, Howard has performed more than 4,000 concerts in central Ohio and around the world. In 2003, he also played with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.