Frank Owens was conductor and pianist for the Broadway productions of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Maurice Hines' "Uptown It's Hot!" as well as for the Broadway, Moscow and Kennedy Center productions of "Sophisticated Ladies." Other theatrical credits include "Black Broadway", Melvin Van Peebles' "Don't Play Us Cheap", Hartford TheaterWorks' "Paul Robeson", "Blue Monday Blues" which played at The Spectrum Theater in Arlington and his own "Shades of Harlem" (also a double CD set which he produced).
Mr. Owens was musical director for the first David Letterman Show in 1980 which aired mornings on NBC TV. Other television credits include "It's Showtime at the Apollo" (for seven years), pianist for "Eubie Blake: A Century of Music", televised over PBS stations from the Kennedy Center, and "Christmas in Washington", a seasonal special on TNT.
Mr. Owens has been musical director for Johnny Mathis, Chubby Checker, Melba Moore, Johnny Nash, Connie Francis, John Denver, Irene Cara, Lesley Gore, Freda Payne, Ruth Brown, Ann Duquesnay, Petula Clark and Lena Horne. More recently, he has been musical director for actor/singer/voice-over artist, Keith David.
He has contributed to a wide variety of TV/radio commercials and recordings; he received a Gold Record for his rhythm concept for Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree." His other recording credits include "Oliver! Ole!" for Columbia Records and "Brown 'n' Serve" on Encounter Records. "Frank Owens Plays the Music of Eddie Heywood" is available on Earlwood Records.
Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening at Zeb's, under the auspices of Cobi Narita (producer and patron of the arts).
He performed two nights of the music of Erroll Garner at New York's Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He is also the musical director for the annual Tap Extravaganza in Manhattan and also Queens.
Frank took part in the tribute to Bobby Short at Central Park's Bandshell performing the music of Duke Ellington along with 13 other pianists commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Duke Ellington statue.
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