Instructor of Saxophone, Theory, Improvisation & Piano
Charles lives near downtown Charlottesville with his wife Vijay, and two daughters Charlotte and Violet. He has been teaching saxophone and music theory for 20 years. He was a professional jazz musician and composer in New York City from 1992 to 2004. While in New York, Charles recorded three albums as a leader and many others as a sideman with some of the best jazz musicians in the world. He has traveled around the globe playing music and he brings that wealth of experience with him to every lesson that he teaches. Charles plays in bands in Charlottesville and Richmond in addition to leading his own trio. He is also busy with recording dates as a soloist, composing, and of course teaching.
A veteran of the New York City jazz scene, tenor saxophonist Charles Owens has lead his own groups, performing for the most scrutinizing audiences in the world.
Charles Owens held down a weekly Friday-night spot at the famed Smalls jazz club for 8 years. He has honed his band into a tightly knit, hard swinging, and very exciting quartet.
Influenced by such tenor saxophone masters as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter, Charles Owens manages to evoke the power and spirit of these masters while putting his own heart, depth, and passion into his playing and his composing.
Charles Owens plays with the kind of mastery, and confidence you would expect from a veteran of the most competitive and stimulating environment for Jazz music in the world.” – excerpt from Smalls Jazz Club website