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Jazz Trumpet Player and Educator

New York based trumpeter Alex Owen is an in demand sideman, bandleader, and educator. After living in New Orleans for 7 years, Alex moved back to New York, where he is originally from, in the summer of 2019 to pursue a Masters of Music Education at Teachers College.

Alex founded the Messy Cookers Jazz Band during his time in New Orleans, and continues to lead the band today. The band performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the Economy Hall tent in April of 2019, and released their latest CD that same month, entitled “Get Out and Get Under the Moon.” When he is not leading the Messy Cookers, Alex is an in-demand sideman, playing with many different bands at both public and private events.

As en educator, Alex has taught students of all ages. In July of 2019, he was invited as a guest teaching artist to the Straight 8 Jazz Master Camp in Garland, TX.

 
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Jazz Trumpeter and Educator

 

Born and raised in New York City, Alex studied trumpet from a young age. After graduating from Connecticut College, where he was introduced to New Orleans style Jazz, Alex moved to New Orleans, where he played professionally for 7 years. While in New Orleans, Alex founded the Messy Cookers Jazz Band, An upstart traditional jazz band. The group was found regularly playing in venues on Frenchmen street, and in the French Quarter. Some of these venues include Three Muses, Bamboulas, The Saint Hotel, the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, the Maison Dupuy Hotel, and many private events throughout the city. Recently, the group played at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and recorded their most recent CD, “Get Out and Get Under the Moon,” in January of 2019.

In addition to leading the Messy Cookers, Alex is a busy sideman. While in New Orleans, Alex enjoyed the privilege of playing in bands led by some of the best musicians in town. These included Steve Pistorius, David Boeddinghaus, John Eubanks, Don Vappie, Mark Brooks, Amy Sharpe, Duke Heitger, Jerry Embree, Jayna Morgan, Benny Amón, and Cassidy Holden. Most recently, Alex could be found working regularly at the Court of 2 Sisters, Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro, on the Steamboat Natchez, and playing many private functions.

Alex has traveled extensively. He’s led the Messy Cookers and played with bands in Boston, MA, Ipswich, MA, Los Angeles, CA, Pensacola, FL, Rosemary Beach, FL, Mobile, AL, Huntsville, AL, Birmingham, AL, Columbus, GA, Atlanta, GA, Natchez, MS, and Shreveport, LA.

As en educator, Alex has taught students of all ages. He was a band director with the Archdiocesan band program of New Orleans for 3 years teaching, recruiting, and directing elementary school bands in the New Orleans metro region. He has also been invited as a guest teaching artist to the Straight 8 Master Jazz Camp in Garland, TX, teaching in 2017 and 2019.

Now back in New York, Alex continues to keep busy playing all over the city, and continuing the lead the Messy Cookers. Starting in the Fall of 2019, Alex will be pursing his masters degree in Music and Music Education at Teachers College.

 

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Alex Owen
alex.e.owen@gmail.com
917-834-8035

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 The Messy Cookers Jazz Band was founded in 2012 by Alex Owen, a trumpet player who was looking for an outlet to play traditional jazz in New Orleans. In forming the band, Alex rounded up some of the finest musicians he could find, and began to find work with his band. By the spring of 2013, they were working regularly at the Maison on Frenchmen street, and at other venues throughout the city.

In August of 2013, the band recorded their first CD “Swing that Music”, and in July of 2015, the band recorded their second CD "That's my Home".  The CD was reviewed by Michael Steinman in his well-known blog "Jazz Lives". Read the full review here

In January of 2019, the band’s third CD “Get Out and Get Under the Moon” was recorded. The newest CD features great musicians in the traditional jazz circuit in New Orleans, including Steve Pistorius, James Evans, Albanie Falletta, John Eubanks, Andy Reid, and Benny Amon. In 2017, the band was invited to play at the French Quarter Festival, and in 2019, the band performed in the Economy Hall tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Messy Cookers have played regularly throughout New Orleans, playing at bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, and for private functions. Some of these venues include the Saint Hotel, the Maison, Bacchanal Wine, Bamboulas, Three Muses, the Ace Hotel, the New Orleans Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, the New Orleans Renaissance Arts Hotel, and the Maison Dupuy Hotel. The band traveled regionally to Shreveport, LA, Rosemary Beach, FL, Natchez, MS, Mobile, AL, Birmingham, AL, and Columbus GA.

Additionally, the band is a hit within the swing dance community. In addition to playing swing dance events in New Orleans, the Messy Cookers have played events for Prohibition Production in New York City, the Huntsville Swing Dance Society in Huntsville, AL, Hot Jam Monday in Atlanta, GA, and the Seaside Stomp in Pensacola, FL.

The Messy Cookers play great New Orleans jazz for any type of venue or private event. If you are interested in hiring the band, click on the “Booking” page. The band can fit any budget, and can play as duo, trio, quartet, five-piece, 6-piece, or 7 piece band!