Barely into his mid-twenties, Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer, bandleader and international recording artist. Currently based in London, and already establishing a name for himself both in the UK and abroad, Ollie is wowing audiences around the globe with his creativity, dynamism and stunning improvisation, as well as a highly critically acclaimed repertoire of original music.
Ollie was recently awarded a prestigious Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, in association with Ideas Tap, and is the first ever jazz musician to receive this Scholarship.
Since 2009, Ollie has also become the mentee of musical legend Quincy Jones. Quincy and Ollie first met in 2009, whilst Ollie was studying a bachelor degree in Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Now signed to the prestigious Whirlwind Recordings, Ollie’s debut album, ‘Sutures and Stitches’, was released in September 2013.As well as being an immediate critical success, this album also has an incredible back-story: In 2009 Ollie was suddenly diagnosed with a brain malformation which meant that over the past few years, Ollie has had to have several neurosurgeries. All of the music on this album was written during, and influenced by, the incredible journey that Ollie went through during this defining point in his life.