Alex Owen

Alex O.

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I am a freelance professional jazz trumpet player who can help work with you on playing music by ear, understanding intervals, and singing.

About Alex O.

Hi! I'm Alex. I'm a professional freelance jazz trumpet player and music teacher. I am based in New York City, but I used to live in New Orleans for 7 years, where I worked as a professional trumpet player specializing in New Orleans style jazz. I led a band called the Messy Cookers Jazz Band, and we played at music venues, restaurants, and private functions all around New Orleans and the south. We were invited to play at the French Quarter Festival in 2017 and last year, we played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. When I wasn't leading my band, I played many gigs with other bands around town.

I not only love playing music, but I also love teaching music! I was a band director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans for 3 years, teaching elementary band at different schools in the area. I have also taught privately and was invited to be a guest artist instructor at the Straight 8 Jazz Camp in Dallas, TX in 2017 and 2019.

I'm currently in New York City to pursue a Master's of Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I continue to play lots of gigs in the New York and Northeast area, and I teach privately and as a substitute in schools. When I teach trumpet, I love working with students who want to improve their technique and their endurance. When I was living in New Orleans, I played more than 10 gigs a week, so I learned many great ways to improve my sound and my endurance. I also love working with students who might be interested in jazz. I can help you with the style, improvisation, and technique!


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3 Reviews
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Very good teacher! I was stuck for years, now I'm seeing the light.

Posted Mar 22, 2021
Cam Tu
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Alex is a well-prepared, patient, and encouraging instructor. As a beginning trumpet student, I was self-conscious about my ability but Alex has helped me feel comfortable not only as a trumpet player, but as a musician. I would highly recommend working with him!

Posted Aug 20, 2020
Paul Morris
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Not only is Alex Owen an exciting jazz trumpet player--well versed in the Swing, New Orleans and modern jazz traditions--he is also an excellent teacher. My lessons with him are well organized and he makes them enjoyable. He is patient and explains things well. Terrific instructor.

Posted Aug 5, 2020

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Private Trombone Teacher
Feb 2021 - Present

Private Teacher

I work as a freelance private trombone instructor for all ages.

Private Trumpet Teacher
Oct 2019 - Present

Private Teacher

I work as a freelance private trumpet instructor for all ages.

Freelance Jazz Trumpet Player
Jun 2012 - Present


I have been a freelance jazz trumpet player for 8 years, specializing in New Orleans traditional jazz. I lived in New Orleans for 7 years where I led my own band, the Messy Cookers Jazz Band, and also performed with other bands around the city. I currently lead bands and play with other groups around New York City and in the northeast. I have toured in the south with my band and have been invited frequently to play in the Boston and LA as a special guest with other groups.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2021 - May 2021

Center for Educational Innovation

I worked as a Teaching Artist teaching music based Math and ELA lessons to students grades 3-5 in New York City's District 75, which serves students with special needs.

Music Teacher
Apr 2020 - Jun 2020

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

I replaced the PK and K music teacher who went on maternity leave at in independent school in New York City. Due to COVID-19, I taught virtually and focused on educational videos for students to watch and participate remotely.

Substitute Teacher
Oct 2019 - Mar 2020

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

I served as a substitute teacher as needed in the Grammar, Middle, and Prep school at an Independent School in New York City. I mostly subbed for music classes but I occasionally subbed in other subjects as well when needed.

Guest Artist Instructor
Jul 2017 - Jul 2019

Straight 8 Master Summer Jazz Camp

I have been invited as a Guest Artist instructor to the Straight 8 Master Summer Jazz Camp in Garland, TX. As a guest artist instructor, I was responsible for working together with the other artist instructors to create a curriculum, select repertoire, teach sectionals, prepare a performance, and teach master classes for high school jazz students.

Band Director
Aug 2013 - May 2016

Archdiocese Band Program of New Orleans

I was an itinerant band director working for the Archdiocese Band Program of New Orleans. I directed elementary school bands at as many as 4 schools per semester in the greater New Orleans area. At many of these schools, I taught 2nd grade through 8th grade students. My responsibilities included recruiting students to join the band, selecting repertoire, facilitating performances, teaching basic music theory, teaching instrument technique, and managing the band classroom. At one school, I was in charge of a mandatory 3rd grade general music class.

Music Teacher
Aug 2013 - Aug 2014

Community Works of Louisiana

I taught music at an after-school program and a summer camp at a public school in New Orleans. At the after-school program, I taught instruments and basic music theory to music students. At the summer camp, I not only taught music but I also assisted in facilitating students' programming in other activities and subjects.


M.A. Music and Music Education with initial New York State K-12 Certification
Sep 2019 - May 2021

Teachers College, Columbia Univeristy

B.A. in International Relations/Hispanic Studies with Music Minor
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Connecticut College



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