The Jazzcat

Charlie Owens at Charlie O's

by on Jul.16, 2004, under News


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As I strolled in through the back, you can

hear the jazz escaping through the crevices in the door like it was

light emanating behind a door on a Steven King novel. I opened it up

and BAM! I was smacked by the power of the sound, instantly immersed in

the rich pallet of  africa blue.


Owens delivering sweet, powerful and lovely tones from his array of

horns. Charles knows how to put a gang of hard hitting cats together as

well. The Littleton

brothers in the rhythm, and yes the pun is intended! Donald Vega

playing so masterfully on piano, Ray Armando on percussion and on Alto,

Soprano and Bass Clarinet, the master horn player himself Charles Owens.


Owens is one of the most fascinating, humble, kind and funny as hell

musicians that you are ever going to meet. A man of honor and

integrity when it comes to his passion for his music and for his

audience and fellow musicians. The band was on fire with afro picante

sauce all over the place burning up tunes like Afro-Blue and Sugar all

over the place! Donald Vega played a beautiful solo version of “You

Must Believe in spring” and I looked at my girl and gave her a big KISS!


latest disc by Charles is called “Let Me into Your Heart” which is

something you can't help but do when you hear him play live. Chet

Hanley of the television show “Jazz in the Modern Era” dropped by to

check out the music and said that Charles Owens will be a guest on his

show sometime in September. I will also be a guest on Chet's show

sometime in October and of course, I will let you know!

Make sure to get out and see Charles Owens when he plays next in town. You will leave a new person!
LeRoy Downs

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