Owen Clapp Ensemble Live @ The Blue Whale on 10/12 (9pm)

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Owen Clapp is a Los Angeles-based electric and upright bassist. Born in New York and raised just north of San Francisco, Owen grew up in a musical community supportive of aspiring musicians.

In 2013 Owen received a B.A. from UCLA in ethnomusicology and jazz studies, with minor coursework in anthropology and geography, and was a recipient of the Jazz Studies Program Award, the Marty Feldman Jazz Award, the Barbara Abell Scholarship, the Placita Salais Scholarship Fund award, and the Clifton Webb Fine Arts Scholarship. He was also selected for three consecutive years as a member of the Maxwell Gluck Jazz Ensemble, which he acted as coordinator of for two.

During his time at UCLA, Owen was fortunate to study with Los Angeles Philharmonic bassists Christopher Hanulik and Peter Rofé as well as jazz bassists John Clayton and Roberto Miranda. His diverse studio and performing career have given him the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally, to record with, and to collaborate with a variety of artists, including:

Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, Eric Harland, Tootie Heath, Benny Green, Harold Jones, Ingrid Jensen, Mary Stallings, Clayton Cameron, Gilbert Castellanos, James Newton III, Tamir Hendelman, John Firmin, Aditya Prakash (Ravi Shankar), Julian Le (Judith Hill), George Watsky, Parker (formerly Dumbfoundead), Andersen Paak (formerly Breezy Lovejoy), Asa Watkins, Shafiq Hussain (Robert Glasper), Iman Omari, the UCLA Mingus Ensemble, the UCLA Traditional Big Band, and the UCLA Gluck Scholarship Ensemble.

Clapp recently released a series of recordings that showcase his not only his skillful bass playing, but his talent as a composer. “New Stomp”, one of his latest compositions, is featured below and features an incredible line up of talented musicians including mesmerizing piano player, Julian Le, and incredible trombone player, Jonah Levine. Owen Clapp and his ensemble are one of the latest attractions to enter the contemporary Jazz scene in Los Angeles, bringing a much needed freshness to this community .

The Owen Clapp Ensemble will be performing at the Blue Whale on Sunday October 12th @ 8pm. Ages: 21+

 

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