Faculty & Staff

Ralph Bowen
Professor, Saxophone and Jazz Studies

Saxophonist Ralph Bowen performs in the New York jazz scene, clubs, concert halls, and festivals worldwide.

Bowen began playing saxophone in the clubs and dance halls in and around Toronto. After studying at Indiana University, he moved to New York in 1986 to play with Michael Phillip Mossman’s group, Out of the Blue, and finish his college education at Rutgers University.

Bowen has performed alongside Orrin Evans, Michel Camilo, Horace Silver, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Garrett, Steve Wilson, Kenny Davis, Mossman, Ralph Peterson Jr., Anthony Branker, and Jared Gold. His discography includes more than 70 titles.

His eight solo CDs – Movin’ On, A Morning View, Soul Proprietor, Keep the Change, Five, Dedicated, Due Reverence, and Power Play – feature a wide variety of musicians, including trumpeters John Swana and Ryan Kisor; pianists Jim Beard and Orrin Evans; organist Sam Yahel; guitarists Peter Bernstien, Jon Herington, and Adam Rogers; bassists John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson, Charles Fambrough, Reuben Rogers, and Kenny Davis; and drummers Ben Perowski, Bill Stewart, Brian Blade, Antonio Sanchez, Gregory Hutchinson, Donald Edwards, and Dana Hall.

Bowen studied at Indiana University (AD program) and Rutgers University (BM and MM). He has been on the Rutgers jazz faculty since 1990, where he teaches jazz theory, improvisation, and saxophone.