PJS Jazz Society to Present Trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens on October 14

PJS Jazz Society

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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2012

PJS Jazz Society to Present Trumpeter and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens on October 14

Mount Vernon, NY – The PJS Jazz Society will continue with its Second Sunday Jazz Series concert season with trumpeter and 2012 NEA Jazz Master inductee Jimmy Owens on SUNDAY—October 14 at the First Presbyterian Church on North Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon. Doors open at 5 PM, there is an opening set by younger jazz musicians at 5:15, and then Person will perform from 6:30-9 PM.

Tickets are $20 for non-members; $12 for PJS members. Concerts are held in a cabaret setting, with food and beverages available for purchase.

A New York City native, Owens has played with some of jazz’s biggest stars, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, while also leading his own group, the Jimmy Owens Plus, since the late 1960s.

Owens studied trumpet under Donald Byrd, and after receiving his master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts joined the New York Jazz Sextet before becoming a member of the house band for The David Frost Show. In the early 1970s, he toured France with Duke Ellington and then later returned to Europe as part of the Young Giants of Jazz. By the mid-1970s he was recording frequently and guesting with symphonic orchestras. His band, the Jimmy Owens Plus, kept him on the road for most of the 1980s, with gigs around the world.

In the early 1970s Ownes also started to focus on music education, serving on a NEA music panel before a long association with the New York State Council for the Arts. Owens has participated in countless jazz workshops and been a faculty member at several college music programs. He has also been active in efforts to help musicians in need of financial and medical help.

Owens’s latest CD is The Monk Project from 2011, which was recorded with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Kenny Barron, tuba and baritone sax player Howard Johnson and drummer Winard Harper.

The rest of the PJS 2012-2013 season features: Bluesy jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague on November 11; saxophonist and renowned bandleader Jimmy Heath on December 9; stellar trombonist Wycliffe Gordon on January 13; tenor sax titan Joe Lovano on February 10; jazz vocalist Laura Mann on March 10; and the Annual Tribute to a Legend concert (artist to be announced later) on April 14.

The PJS Jazz Society presents the best in jazz every Second Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, September through April. Area music fans know well enough that the PJS offers one of the best jazz “hangs” in Westchester. Held in the parish hall of the First Presbyterian Church, there is a decent break in the proceedings after the headliner finishes the first set, and often during the second set many of the jazz musicians in attendance make their way to the bandstand for a jam session. A tremendous spirit of generosity rules throughout, with much sharing of food and beverages at the tables, and bursts of laughter often punctuate the evening as a sly comment or gesture hits home.

Additional parking at the Holmes School (entrance on Columbus Avenue). Concerts are possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Board of Legislators, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Who: Trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens

What: Second Sunday Jazz Series concert

Where: First Presbyterian Church
199 North Columbus Ave.
Mount Vernon, NY

When: Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:15-9:00 PM

Tickets: $12 members; $20 non-members

For more information call Greg at (914) 793-7179 or visit http://www.pjsjazz.org

Press contact: Tom Staudter / greenman.staudter@gmail.com / (914) 419-5221

Bazzo 09/28/12

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