206 West 118th Street
JAZZMOBILE’S THURSDAY NIGHT RESIDENCY AT MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE – THE NEWEST ADDITION TO – NEW YORK CITY’S NEWEST RUNNING JAZZ FESTIVAL: “JAZZMOBILE’S WINTERFEST!”
HAPPY HOUR 5:00-8:00 PM
NO COVER – A FREE ADMISSION EVENT!!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR 7:30 PM &/OR *9:30 PM SHOW
THERE IS A $30 MINIMUM FOR FOOD AND OR BEVERAGES
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jimmy Owens’ almost 50-year career in jazz has allowed him to become an accomplished trumpeter, flugelhorn player composer, arranger, and lecturer. Although he has few recordings as a solo artist, Owens has had a fruitful career through session work with groups and bandleaders that has allowed his career to flourish.
Born and raised in New York, Owens started playing trumpet at age 14 under Donald Byrd and later studied music composition under Henry Brant. He graduated from the High School of Music and Art and subsequently attended the University of Massachusetts, where he obtained his master’s in education.
Owens’ music style is described as having a comprehension of jazz and the blues that he uses to his advantage. Since 1969, he has led his own group, Jimmy Owens Plus. He has played with several extraordinary figures in jazz such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus and Count Basie, and is one of very few jazz trumpeters who can say they have performed as a sideman with any of these legends. Besides collaborating with other artists, Owens’ work has been featured in ballets, movie scores and compositions.
Owens also finds ways to give back to his community. In 1969, he helped found Collective Black Artist, a non-profit jazz and performing arts organization. In 1990, he co-founded the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund with Jamil Nasser. The organization helps with medical, financial and housing assistance for jazz musicians, along with offering counselling in career development and substance abuse. He dedicates time to performing at charity events and involving himself in productive programs.