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About Howard Bankhead


Howard Bankhead the seventh child of Robert and Almeta Bankhead was born October 31, 1956 in Florence, Alabama (the home of the father of the blues W. C. Handy). Howard is a 1981 graduate of Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL where he obtained his B.S. Degree in Marketing. For his senior class marketing project, Howard organized his first big event. He named it “Jazz & Cultural Awareness” festival. Since 1986, Howard has been a member of Huntsville’s Tennessee Valley Jazz Society, where he now serves as Executive Director. The Tennessee Valley Jazz Society (TVJS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts agency and youth development organization. TVJS is a jazz presenting organization for the Alabama State Council on the Arts and in 2007 was award the grant as the NEA Jazz Masters on Tour as a presenter. TVJS and Howard has worked with and presented many jazz greats including: Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Randy Weston, Freddy Cole, Richie Cole, Marian McPartland, Jimmy Heath, Roy Ayers, Victor Goines, Jothan Callins, Ken Watters, Devere Pride and many others. Jazz Education…Is-Cool-in-the Schools, is Howard’s most proud accomplishment presenting jazz to more than 30,000 students.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded him a $5,000 Arts Administration Fellowship for the 2012-2013 year.

On October 19, 2012 Huntsville, Alabama Mayor Tommy Battle awarded him and Ellis Marsalis Keys to the City for their jazz work.

October 6, 2012, Howard had his first Hole-in-One

Other projects that TVJS present if the annual Jazz-N-June Festival, Jazz History Celebration and Holiday Jazz Bash. Some of the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society partners include: Alabama A&M University, WJAB 90.9 FM Public Radio, The Huntsville Times, State Farm Insurance Agent Marshall England, Datatek Printing and Alabama State Council on the Arts to name a few.

Howard also write a monthly “youth life & golf skills development blog” for, African Americans Golfer’s Digest; the Nation’s Leading Publication for Avid Black Golfers! Checkout the website at:

Howard Bankhead joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 12, 2012