Trefor Owen

—Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist, Educator and Author

“I saw Jack Wilkins jam with Trefor Owen at the Benedetto booth and that was something! I never realized what a fine player Trefor is what great technique he has”.
–Dan Adler

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Trefor Owen was born in the village of Gwalchmai, Anglesey. (Anglesey is an island off the Northern tip of Wales). Trefor, who is a Welsh speaker, is one of Britain’s finest jazz guitarists and a familiar figure on the U.S. Jazz guitar scene. His CD Wales Plays Brazil has won widespread critical acclaim and was featured regularly on Jazz FM. Trefor has toured the U.K. extensively and performed in the U.S.A with many American musicians, and has appeared with many European and British musicians. He has made several appearances at the New York Guitar Show, Long Island and at the NAMM Show, Los Angeles.

Trefor Owen is one of the foremost jazz and improvisation teachers in the U.K., covering all instruments. He has over 30 years experience teaching at the highest level both in Britain and the USA. For eight of those years he was an associate lecturer at Leeds College of Music. Also, for twenty five years he was a visiting lecturer at Liverpool Community College. For five years he taught at Wigan and Leigh College.

“Your unique approach to teaching the rigours of facility building through applied practice is ground breaking”.

Trefor Owen has also considerable experience in tutoring clinics and workshops. Among the many he has conducted are celebrity workshops at Cork International Jazz Festival, London’s Guitar Institute, the Zinc Bar, New York, New York Guitar Show, Long Island and, as mentioned above, the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville.

For eight years, between 2000 and 2008, he led a team of international guitarists performing and tutoring at the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival and Summer School, the biggest jazz guitar event in the world, where his teaching won annual applause, and has since been resident tutor at each of the highly renowned bi-annual jazz guitar weekends presented by North Wales Jazz.

Biography

Here are some of the highlights from Trefor’s career spanning over 25 years.

Read his full biography here

1988
1988
Trefor interviews Pat Martino for Archtop Magazine
1989
1989
Trefor tours with Louis Stewart
1990
Cork Jazz Festival
1990
Trefor conducts the prestigious jazz workshop at Cork International Jazz Festival with Adrian Ingram
1992
1992
Trefor was short-listed for the Daily Post Award for Jazz
1992
Trefor was awarded an Arts Council bursary for the composition of ten Latin American pieces
1993
1993
1993 UK Tour
Cork Jazz Festival
1993
Trefor Owen appeared at Cork International Jazz Festival with International Guitar Spectacular, a four-guitar combo in which he featured with Mundell Lowe, Louis Stewart and Doug Raney.
1995
1995
15-date British tour with Mundell Lowe
1995
Trefor Owen and Mundell Lowe in a BBC recording and broadcast in the Radio 3 series “Impressions”
1995
Trefor performed at the Northern Guitar Show organised by Guitarist Magazine
1995
In September, The Trefor Owen Quartet presentation “A Tribute To Wes Montgomery” received a Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme Award for its UK tour
1995
In October, Trefor appeared with Howard Alden and Adrian Ingram at the Arlington Guitar Show Texas USA.
1995
Trefor became a regular columnist for an American publication “Just Jazz Guitar”
1996
1996
Trefor Owen’s 1996 festival dates included Keswick, Llangollen and Cork.
1996
Trefor tours the UK with Paris based U.S. guitarist Jimmy Gourley
1997
1997
In January 1997 Trefor played at the NAMM Show in Los Angeles
1997
In May, Trefor appeared at the New York Guitar Show, alongside many Jazz guitar greats
1997
Trefor’s dream of a tour of the U.S.A. came true in July 1997 when he performed concerts and workshops in New York, North Carolina and Nashville.
1997
In October, Trefor again toured the U.K. with the legendary Mundell Lowe, performing both concerts and workshops
1997
Highlights of the 1997 UK Tour where included a broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland
1998
1998
January 1998 began with appearances at the NAMM Show, Los Angeles.
1998
Trefor also appeared with Mundell Lowe and John Pisano at the L. A. Jazz Guitar Weekend at Papashon’s Restaurant, Encino alongside many Jazz guitar greats.
1998
In April 1998 Trefor released his album titled “WALES PLAYS BRAZIL”.
1998
In May 1998 Trefor Owen again appeared at the New York Guitar Show, Long Island giving a workshop and concert.
1998
In July/August of 1998 Trefor performed in a guitar duo with Jim Nichols in the main auditorium, and conducted a workshop, at the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville
1998
Also in July and August of 1998, Trefor made a return visit to Papashon’s Restaurant, Encino, Los Angeles, where he played with Ron Eschete and John Pisano.
1998
On the same US tour of 1998, Trefor made appearances in San Francisco at Enrico’s with Jim Nichols, and at the famous Pearl’s Jazz Club with guitarist Bruce Forman, and performed at the Acoustic Guitar Show at San Rafael.
1998
In September Trefor made appearances with American guitarist Randy Johnston and in October paid his fourth visit of 1998 to the USA, giving performances in the Boston area.
1999
1999
Trefor began the year by making his third appearance at the NAMM Show, Los Angeles
1999
In May, Trefor played for the third time at the New York Guitar Show, alongside many Jazz guitar greats.
1999
In the Autumn Trefor toured the U.K. with Mundell Lowe.
1999
In November Trefor did his second U.K. tour of the year, this time with Randy Johnston.
2000
2000
In April 2000 Trefor Owen was again invited to appear at the New York Guitar Show, Long Island.
2001
2001
In April Trefor again toured the U.K. with the legendary Mundell Lowe, performing both concerts and workshops. Highlights of the tour included a broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland.
2006
2006
For the third consecutive year, 2004-2006, Trefor toured California appearing in San Francisco and at John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Spazios, Sherman Oaks, L. A. During the tour, Trefor performed clinics for JazzMasters Workshops at Carmel, the first non American guitarist to do so and has since made another appearance in the Jazz Bar at the Classic American Guitar Show, and appeared at the prestigious Jazz Cafe, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
2008
2008
In August, for the eighth year, Trefor led a team of international guitarists tutoring and performing at the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival and Summer School in Wrexham.