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Chad had the good fortune of meeting his now, pianist, arranger, friend, and musical director, Mr. Frank Owens back in 2008. Frank and Chad met at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe and subsequently began working together shortly thereafter. To say that Frank playing for Chad has taken Chad's presentation to new heights it putting it mildly. It is an honor for me having someone like Mr. Owens to consent to work with me. I truly appreciate his feedback, encouragement, and guidance. Please take the time to meet and read a bit about my friend and musical director, Mr. Frank Owens.

Frank Owens

Meet My Music Director: Frank Owens

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, Freda Payne, Ruth Brown, Petula Clark and Lena Horne, among others. 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 & Brown 'n' Serve on Encounter Records.

More recently, he has been musical director for actor/singer/voice-over artist, Keith David. Mr. Owens hosts the popular open mic for singers the second Saturday of each month at Cobi's Place in New York City. (Cobi Narita, producer and patron of the arts, has promoted careers of singers and musicians for decades). He performed two nights of the music of Erroll Garner at New York's Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He also is the musical director for the annual Tap Extravaganza at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).

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. Check out more about Frank at his website at

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