About Us-Who is Howard Franklin?

H​oward Franklin, Jr; Drummer, Musician, Bandleader and owner of Howard Franklin Music was born and raised in the DC Metro area brings you music for the soul. He is a professional drummer, musician, and bandleader given the nickname “Kingfish” by his late great mentor, Calvin Jones and even “Fishstix” by the late Jazz Great Shirley Horn's drummer Steve Williams, the overall remains the same. "Kingfish" is a serious, dedicated full time musician. Franklin has performed with many prominent artists such as Jackie McLean, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Slide Hampton, Fred Wesley, Robin Eubanks,  Delfeayo Marsalis. He has also had the pleasure of working with Bruce Williams, Mark Gross, Sherman Irby, Calvin Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Paul Carr, Lawrence Wheatley,  Vincent Gardner, James Williams, David Kikoski, Reuben Brown, Curtis Lundy, Steve Turre, Russell Gunn, Tim Warfield, Gregory Tardy, JD Allen, Duane Eubanks, Wycliffe Gordon, Nneena Freelon, Brian McKnight, Dawn Robinson (Envogue/Lucy Pearl) and a host of many other bands and artists. 

As the owner of Howard Franklin Music, his company provides comprehensive music services, customized to the needs of the every client. His supreme customer service is one of his strongest assets. He offers a menu of choices for his clients ranging from small ensembles such as a Jazz Trio or a Big Band Jazz or Latin Salsa band or even strings. Whatever your heart desires, Howard Franklin Music can provide. Some customers want a funk, R+B group or a DJ, in which the customer can select his or her choices and options for their special event. His services cover anything musical. 



Howard Franklin Music services have been used at various Wedding Receptions, Corporate Functions, Networking Events, Private Parties, and in well-known nightclubs because he provides ensembles ranging from trios to big bands, including strings, horns, and percussion; deejays, and, vocalists. His services cover all musical genres including Jazz, R&B, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Pop, Reggae, Latin, and Classical.   Lastly, Howard Franklin Music is not just musically inclined, but is in co-op with many of the best planners, coordinators, caterers, cake makers/bakers, hotels, venues, etc. Because his word is respected widely, Franklin is often asked for advice by his clients for the “other” services to make their dream event come true. As always, HFM is glad to help. If you use their services, you will be definitely pleased with the service, professionalism and sincere dedication to make you the customer glad that you used our services.

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