Written by Howard Hill as told to Martin Herman

Windsor resident Howard Hill was a professional musician. He attended Landis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA and played several musical instruments, including the flute, guitar, and bass. In the 1960’s, Howard and his band owned and operated a club called the Rock-A-Bye and went on to establish one of the first black owned businesses in downtown Hartford, CT called Chime Recording Studio. He also recorded his own record entitled, “Howard’s Dream”. During his musical career of almost seven decades, he played for legendary performers such as Billie Holliday, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Flip Wilson, Oscar Peterson, and the historic Chitlin Circuit. Since the early 1990’s, Howard enjoyed playing with a local musical group called the Big Band Sound of the 40’s. Howard was also part of musical group called The Princess and the Knights that regularly entertained residents at Duncaster, a retirement community in Bloomfield, CT. Before his passing in 2020, he told his story to author Martin Herman.

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