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Violinist Christian Howes is a technically proficient, forward-thinking musician with a bent toward progressive jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Howes began playing classical violin at age five and by his teens was competing in various national classical competitions as well as pursuing a burgeoning interest in jazz improvisation. At age 19, however, Howes was convicted on a drug charge and sentenced to four years in a medium-security prison. During this time, he delved deeper into jazz and developed an interest in combining various sounds from gospel, folk, and country. After leaving prison, he released his debut album, 1997's Confluence, followed by 1998's Ten Yard. The albums were well-received and led to a resurgence for Howes. An in-demand performer, Howes has worked with a variety of name artists including guitarist Les Paul, trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Steve Turre, vocalist Jane Monheit, saxophonist Greg Osby, and others. He has continued to record as a solo musician, releasing 2003's Klazyc, 2008's Heartfelt, and 2010's Out of the Blue. Southern Exposure, featuring accordionist Richard Galliano, appeared in 2013. The following year, Howes toured Montegro and Ukraine as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Inspired by his experience, he released the Americana-infused American Spirit in 2015. ~ Matt Collar