Jimmy Owens

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Jimmy Owens

James Robert "Jimmy" Owens junior (born December 9, 1943 in New York City ) is an American jazz trumpeter (trumpet, flugelhorn) of modern jazz and rock jazz .

Owens began playing the trumpet at the age of ten and was later a student of Donald Byrd . 1959/60 he joined with the International Youth Band of Marshall Brown at the Festival Newport Jazz on. He worked in the 1960s a. a. with Slide Hampton , Lionel Hampton (1963-1964), Bobby Timmons , Hank Crawford (1964-1965), Charles Mingus ( Music Written for Monterey 1965), Herbie Mann (from 1966), Clark Terry (Newport Jazz Festival 1968), Duke Ellington , Gerry Mulligan and Count Basie , the Big Band of Chuck Israels , the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Band (1968), and others. a. at the JazzFest Berlin .

After that he worked mainly in Europe. Later he was one of the founders of the Collective Black Artists and participated in the New York Jazzmobile project. In 1968 his album You Had Better Listen with Kenny Barron was released , and in 1973 Spectrum with Billy Cobham . In the 1970s he was director of the New York Jazz Repertory Company and a member of David "Fathead" Newman's big band . 1993 was the album Swing Time by Pete La Roca and Joe Henderson's big band production Shade of Jade involved. In 2011 he received the Jazz Masters Fellowship from the state NEA Foundation .

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