M.O.B. Trio: NEW NEW YORKBiography for Bob Bowen

Bassist Bob Bowen, originally from Dayton, Ohio, has lived since 1996 in New York City.  He has worked with many noted jazz performers including John Hicks, Tony Purrone, Roseanna Vitro, Lee Konitz and Mark Murphy. 

Bob has two creative working projects of his own:

  • MOB Trio, with noted drummer Matt Wilson and tenorman Ohad Talmor, with its debut, Loose, on OmniTone.
  • bowensacksweiss is a collaborative trio with third place Thelonious Monk Competition winner pianist Jacob Sacks and drummer Dan Weiss.

Bob teaches music theory and directs jazz combos at the Queens College CSPM program and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop and has been a faculty member of the Miami Valley Summer Jazz Camp since the early 1990's.  After graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Music Composition from the University of Dayton, Bob studied in  the Master's level classical double bass program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music, Jazz Bass Performance 1998.


  • Bass studies with Harvie Swartz
  • Composition and arranging with Dave Lalama and Ludmilla Ulehla
  • Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati OH), graduate study, Double Bass Orchestral program 1995-96
  • Classical bass with Al Laszlo
  • University of Dayton (Dayton, OH), Bachelor of Music, Music Composition cum laude, 1988

Additional studies

  • Private jazz bass studies: Todd Coolman, 1993-94; Michael Moore, 1994; Jeff Halsey, 1991; Dave Carpenter, 1988
  • Private Classical bass studies: Al Laszlo, 1993-94; Rick Vizachero, 1990-92

Performing experience

Jazz Performance

Played with many internationally known musicians and singers including: Lee Konitz, Richie Cole, Mark Soskin. Kenny Werner, John Hicks, Matt Wilson, Joe Lovano, James Moody, Steve Turre, Mark Murphy, Roseanna Vitro, Dave Lalama, Jeff Hirshfield, Tony Purrone.

Classical Performance

  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra 1988-1996
  • University of Dayton Faculty Chamber Ensemble 1990
  • Middletown Symphony Orchestra 1990-91

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