Over forty-five years of experience as a Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and music education consultant. He received his Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, has performed with Count Basie, Hank Crawford, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Billy Taylor and many others. As a composer he has performed his compositions with the Metropole Orchestra (Holland), Hannover Radio Philharmonic (Germany), Rochester Philharmonic, Symphony of the New World and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra (New York). His performances with Jimmy Owens Plus…have taken him to Asia, South and Central America, the Middle East and all parts of Europe. As an educator he has conducted workshops, master classes, lectures and concerts at major colleges and universities throughout the world. He has over 150 recordings with other artists and has been a recording artist for Atlantic, Polydor, and the A&M Horizon labels. Owens has been very involved as an advocate regarding the rights of Jazz artists and was one of the founders of the Jazz Musician’s Emergency Fund- a program of the Jazz Foundation of America, Inc.