Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra
Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra (AH&K23) is a unique blend of hip-hop, rock, Latin, spoken word and jazz-fusion. The band consists of six pieces including; keyboard/organ, guitar, electric bass, drums, percussion/vibraphone, and a lyricist. AH&K23 is based in San Diego and performs weekly with regular shows at Winstons, Boom Boom Room, Flagstaff Brewing Company, the Whistle Stop Bar and the Belly Up. The band’s shows are based around structured improvisation, stretching the songs on CD to extended jams with powerful crescendos and dynamic changes. AH&K23 has become unique in the hip-hop world by giving the musicians an equal voice to the lyricist therefore creating a collective and cohesive expression. AH&K23 has found an audience in the world of hip-hop, jambands, jazzheads, and poetry lovers. Alfred Howard’s lyrics transcend a style or genre, appealing to humanities most primal essence. Their message is one of social change through music and art.