Performances With

Art Blakey Big Band
David Baker
Kenny Barron
Gary Bartz
Jim Beard
Peter Bernstein
Andy Bey
Walter Bishop Jr.
Brian Blade
Michael Brecker
Calgary Olympic Big Band
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
Michel Camilo
Michel Camilo Big Band
Benny Carter
Ron Carter
Mino Cenilu
Dennis Chambers
Bill O'Connell
Avishai Cohen
Stanley Cowell
Kenny Drew Jr.
Jon Faddis
Charles Fambrough
Joe Ford
Kenny Garrett
Al Gray
Johnny Griffin
Stephon Harris
Antonio Hart
Jon Herington
Teramasu Hino
Freddie Hubbard
Bob Hurst
Anthony Jackson
Hank Jones
Stanley Jordan
Branford Marsalis
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass
Bob Mintzer Big Band
Charnett Moffat
Ted Moses Big Band
Lewis Nash
Sam Newsome
Ralph Peterson
Tom Pierson Big Band
Trudy Pitts
Lou Rawls
Paquito D'Rivera
Claudio Roditi
Rene Rosnes
Maria Schnieder Big Band
Shirley Scott
Horace Silver
Marvin "Smitty" Smith
James Spaulding
Bill Stewart
Rick Tait Big Band
Don Thompson
Stanley Turrentine
Chu Cho Valdez
Vangard Jazz Band
Jeff Watts
Tim Warfield
Lenny White
Tony Williams

About Ralph Bowen

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen has made his mark on the New York jazz scene for over three decades, while bringing his "casual perfectionism" to clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide. Bowen's discography of over 70 titles includes associations with Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Michael Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold.
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His eleven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, Power Play, Total Eclipse, Standard Deviation, and Ralph Bowen) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana, Ryan Kisor, and Sean Jones; pianists Jim Beard, Orrin Evans, Bill O'Connell, and Jim Ridl; Organists Sam Yahel and Jared Gold; guitarists Jon Herington, Peter Bernstien, Adam Rogers, and Mike Moreno; bassists Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, John Patitucci, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Gregory Hutchinson, Dana Hall, Antonio Sanchez, Donald Edwards, Rudy Royston, and Cliff Almond.


Juno Award Nominated "JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO 2018" More >

2009 GRAMMY Nominee: Best Latin Jazz Album for Papo Vazquez' Mighty Pirates "Marooned/Aislado."

Inaugural "Brick," Philadelphia Clef Club for the Performing Arts, 1995.
For opening-day performance with George Benson & Trudy Pitts.

Juno Award-Canada, 1994.
Best Mainstream Album: Free Trade - Free Trade.

Outstanding Service to Jazz Education, National Association of Jazz Educators, 1988.

Silver Disk Award, Japan, 1986.
Best Jazz Album: OTB - Out of the Blue


"Little Miss B" Commissioned by "The Commission Project," Rochester NY and Anthony Branker-Sons of Sound Music for the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble; premiered May, 2006.

NJ-IAJE Junior Jazz Saxophone Etude No. 4, 2001.
NJ-IAJE High School Jazz Saxophone Etude No. 4, 2001.
NJ-IAJE Junior Jazz Saxophone Etude No. 2, 1999.
NJ-IAJE High School Jazz Saxophone Etude No. 2, 1999.


Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 1990-.; Professor of Music; Director of Jazz Ensembles; Professor of Jazz Theory and Jazz Saxophone
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2000-. Visiting Professor


Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 1989-91.
Major: Classical Performance
Flute Studies under Dr. James S. Scott and Robert Dick
Masters in Music, 1991.

Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 1985-89.
Major: Jazz and Classical Performance
Bachelors of Music, 1989.
Saxophone and Flute, Summa cum Laude

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1984-1986.
Jazz Composition, Improvisation, Theory, and History (under tutelage of David N. Baker);
Classical Saxophone (with Eugene Rousseau and Daniel Duffaette).


Ralph Bowen Quartet, "Live at The Upstairs Jazz Club," Montreal, CBC / Radio Canada, 2001.
Ralph Peterson Fo'tet, "Live at the Blue Note / NYC on "Jazz Set with Branford Marsalis," NPR, 2000.
Earl McDonald CBC Radio Canada, 1997.
Charles Fambrough/John Blake, "Live at Wiggins Park," WRTIfm, 1996.
Fortune, Vinson, Cruz, "Live at Wiggins Park," WRTIfm, 1995.
Free Trade, "Live in Saskatoon," CBC / Radio Canada, 1994.
Michel Camilo, "Live at Fat Tuesdays," CD101.9, 1991.
Michel Camilo, "Live at Fat Tuesdays," WBGOfm, 1991.
Horace Silver, "Live at the Chicago Jazz Festival" 
on "The American Jazz Radio Festival," 1991.
Ralph Bowen, "Live at the Ontario Science Centre," CJRTfm, 1988.
OTB, "Live at the Village Gate, New Years Eve," NPR, 1986.
Keith Blackley Quartet, CBC / Radio Canada, 1986.
Keith Blackley Quintet, "Live at East 85th," 1985. Ralph Bowen, "Live in London," Ontario, KOLfm, 
numerous shows between 1977-1981.

Television Appearances

"Ray Charles and the Raylets-with The Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble and The Rutgers University Orchestra," Live at War Memorial Hall, Trenton NJ; NJN PBS Broadcast and DVD, 2002.
"Innovators," PBS Nationwide, 2000.
"State of the Arts," New Jersey Network (NJN), 1995.
"Newport Jazz Festival with Michel Camilo," Newport, Rhode Island, 1992.
"Newport Jazz Festival," Newport, Rhode Island, 1991.
"Munich International Jazz Festival," Munich, Germany, 1991.
"Jazz In with Michel Camilo," Zurich, Switzerland, 1990.
"OTB Live at the Bern Jazz Festival," Bern, Switzerland, 1988.
"Olympic Jazz Orchestra & Rob McConnell," Calgary, Alberta 1988.
"Mt. Fuji Jazz Festivals with OTB," Japan, 1986-88.

Film Scores

Two Much Fernando Trueba (1995) - Performer on soundtrack. Director: Fernando Trueba ; Producer: Julio Martinez-Lazaro [The Worst Years of Our Lives]; Music: Michel Camilo. Starring Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hanna & Antonio Banderas.

Los Peores Anos de Nuestra Vida Fernando Trueba (1994) - Performer on soundtrack. Director: Fernando Trueba ; Producer: Julio Martinez-Lazaro [The Worst Years of Our Lives]; Music: Michel Camilo. Starring Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hanna & Antonio Banderas.

Amo Tu Cama Rica (1993) - Performer on soundtrack. Director: Fernando Trueba; Producer: Julio Martinez-Lazaro [Bedtime Lullaby]; Music: Michel Camilo. Best Romantic Comedy.

Seeds of a New City Documentary (1991) - Composer for soundtrack. Producer: Tony Heriza; Music: Ralph Bowen.

Community Gardening - An Urban Remedy Documentary (1991) - Composer for soundtrack. Producer: Tony Heriza; Music: Ralph Bowen.

Audio Visual

Innovators, TrebleV, 2000.
Michel Camilo Big Band-Live in Santa Domingo, CBS Sony, 1994.
New Stars on Blue Note Capitol, 1989.
OTB and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Toshiba, 1986.

Selected Performances

Avery Fisher Hall (New York City)
Berlin Jazz Festival (Berlin, Germany)
Bern Jazz Festival (Bern, Switzerland)
Birdland (New York City)
Blue Note (New York City; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan)
Carnegie Hall (New York City)
Catalina's (Los Angeles, California)
Club Il Classico (Rome, Italy)
Cork Jazz Festival, (Cork. Ireland)
Fashion (Stockholm, Sweden)
Georges (Toronto, Canada)
Half Note (Athens, Greece)
Helsinki Jazz Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
Iridium (New York City)
Jazz Standard (New York City)
Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.)
Kimbals (San Francisco, California)
Kool Jazz Festival (Richmond, VA)
Lucerne Jazz Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland)

Madrid Jazz Festival (Madrid, Spain)
Monmartre (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Montreal Jazz Festival (Montreal, Canada)
Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland)
Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival (Tokyo, Japan)
Munich Symphony Hall (Munich, Germany)
National Library (Ottawa, Canada)
Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI)
New Morning (Paris, France)
North Sea Jazz Festival (the Hague, Holland)
Rio de Janeiro Jazz Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Smalls (New York City)
Steinway Hall (New York City)
Sweet Basil's (New York City)
Sweet Rhythms (New York City)
Symphony Space (New York City)
Teatro Metropolitan (Catania, Italy)
Village Vanguard (New York City)
Visiones (New York City)


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