Arnett Howard - King Creole

Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and in between paychecks. This month, we sat down with local music legend and Creole-Funk master, Arnett Howard.

C Magazine: How is life most like Jazz improvisation?
Arnett Howard: A Jazz musician encounters every kind of music: Swing, Rock, Country, Funk, R&B, or Hip-Hop. You can bury your head and pretend that nothing exists but “your thing,” or you can embrace them all and make your Jazz, as well your life, world beat. I am a world beat person.

C Magazine: Have you ever trashed a hotel room?
Howard: Not only have I not trashed a hotel room, I usually make up the bed and leave a tip for the maid service.

C Magazine: What are you passionate about?
Howard: Airplanes, scuba, skiing, collecting books on Ohio history and culture, and women's basketball.

C Magazine: What was the first album you ever bought?
Howard: Cannonball Adderley Quintet: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

C Magazine: What would be your name if you were a professional wrestler?
Howard: Sweet Daddy Seekie

C Magazine: Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix?
Howard: I love 'em both. I passed up two tickets for Jimi in May 1968, a big mistake. I collect everything “Miles”--books, audio, video.

C Magazine: Richard Pryor or Bill Cosby?
Howard: Rich is my cup of tea. I like the street edge.

C Magazine: What was the last really good CD you bought?
Howard: Three new discs: Bryan Olshesk’s Sound Impression, Thelonious Monk’s Quartet at Carnegie Hall, and Stevie Wonder’s A Time To Love.