Jimmy Owens Plus...The Blues...The Essence of Jazz


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Jazz Trumpeter and Composer Jimmy Owens
Debuts Original Compositions in Honor of American Masters

June 8, 2001 @ the New York Society for Ethical Culture
For reservations and information, contact The Roy and Sherry DeCarava Foundation at rsdf@newyork.com or call (718) 636-5360.

Acclaimed Jazz trumpeter and composer Jimmy Owens kicks off New York’s Summer Music season with the debut of original compositions in honor of legendary jazz masters who changed the tenor of American music and culture —Louis Armstrong, Donald Byrd, Hank Crawford, Billy Taylor, Miles Davis.

The concert features Owens on trumpet-flugelhorn with the members of his renowned quartet—Michael Howell on guitar, Jamil Nasser on bass and Neal Smith on drums—as well as special surprise guests.

Sponsored by the Roy and Sherry DeCarava Foundation, Jimmy Owens Plus…The Blues…The Essence of Jazz explores the music that has sparked and influenced generations of artists across the creative spectrum. Owens, known for his fast, improvised and deftly articulated hard-bop melodies, brings to his audience a new level of musicality in original compositions that pay tribute to the artists who have inspired him.

At the announcement of this special concert event, famed fine art photographer Roy DeCarava remarked that “Jimmy understands that jazz is about music and about life. It is art that has inspired painters, poets, musicians and people in the most profoundly vital way. And it is this vitality, this life force that he celebrates, and that I am so pleased to help bring to the public in this concert.”

Born in New York City, on December 9, 1943, Owens (who shares a birthday with DeCarava) began playing trumpet at age 10, attended the High School of Music and Art, then studied composition with Henry Bryant and trumpet with Donald Byrd. He has worked with jazz luminaries such as Lionel Hampton, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, Grady Tate, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Philly Joe Jones and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis band—just to name a few.

Owens, who has played on over 150 recordings, is also active as an educator, lecturer and lobbyist, serving on a panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council of the Arts. The former musical director of the New York Jazz Repertory Company and of New York City’s Jazzmobile, Owens currently teaches at the New School for Social Research Jazz Program. He is the director of the Jazz Foundation of America, Inc., which assists Jazz artists in financial and medical need. Among his most well-known recordings are You Had Better Listen (Atlantic) and Jimmy Owens (A&M Records).

Jimmy Owens Plus…The Blues…The Essence of Jazz
Friday, June 8 / 8 PM

The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street and Central Park West

General Admission $20 / Students and Seniors $15
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Box office opens at 7:00 PM for reserved tickets day of concert

For reservations and information, contact The Roy and Sherry DeCarava Foundation at rsdf@newyork.com or call (718) 636-5360.

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