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.
His seven solo CDs (Movin' On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play) feature a wide variety of top shelf musicians including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; Organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.
Masters in Music: Rutgers University,
Bachelors in Music: Rutgers University
Artist Diploma: Indiana University
Studied with James S. Scott, Robert Dick, David Baker, Pat LaBarbera and Phil Nimmons.
Recordings on Blue Note Records, Criss Cross Jazz, Ratamacue, Sirocco, EMI, Music Masters, Emerald, Columbia, K-Jazz, CBC, BMG, Telarc, Island, Audio Quest Angel Tear, Pioneer Jazz, Duke Street, Ready Records and others.
Out of the Blue, Michel Camilo Quintet, Tours with Horace Silver and Jim Beard. Performances with Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Lou Rawls, Dennis Chambers, Shirley Scott, Renee Rosnes, Hank Jones, Orrin Evans, Benny Carter, Trudy Pitts, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Art Blakey Big Band, the Village Vanguard Jazz Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra and the Maria Schneider Big Band.
Recognition & Awards
Director of Jazz Ensembles and Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Theory at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus since 1988.
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