Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Trefor Owen

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Educator.

Trefor Owen is one of the foremost Jazz guitarists in the UK A highly respected teacher, he has over thirty 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 and for twenty four years was visiting lecturer at Liverpool Community College.

In 2006, for the third consecutive year, Trefor toured California, appearing in San Francisco and at John Pisano’s Guitar Night at Spazios, Sherman Oaks, L. A and in May 2007 he appeared at the prestigious Jazz Cafe, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. and for the tenth consecutive year performed in the Jazz Bar at the Classic American Guitar Show.

Trefor Owen has considerable experience in tutoring clinics and workshops. Also, he has conducted celebrity workshops at Brecon Jazz Festival, Cork International Jazz Festival, London’s Guitar Institute, the Zinc Bar, New York, New York Guitar Show, Long Island, the Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville, Jazzmasters Workshops, Carmel, USA, Frigolet, France and Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival.

He is a director of the North Wales Jazz Society which, since its formation in 1990, has presented numerous world renowned jazz artistes. With co-director Maureen Hopkins, for eight years until 2008 he organized the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival/Summer School, and the NWJS continues to present the highly popular Jazz Guitar Weekends at Glyndwr University, Wrexham. See Trefor has also formed a JAZZ GUITAR CLUB which is held on the second Thursday of the month at Bijou, Massie Street, Cheadle Village, Cheshire. Now in its ninth year:

TREFOR OWEN has jammed, appeared or toured with the following American guitarists:
Johnny Smith, George Benson, Jim Hall, Mundell Lowe, John Pisano, Al Viola, Sal Salvador, Randy Johnson, Howard Alden, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Jack Wilkins, Ron Eschete, Anthony Wilson, Steve Herberman, Vic Juris, Ken Hatfield, Paul Bollenback, Corey Christiansen, Ned Boynton, Frank DiBussolo, Rick Stone, Dan Sawyer, Mitch Holden, Jimmy Gourley, Peter Leitch, Ron Jackson, Jim Nichols, Sid Jacobs, Bruce Forman, Bobby Broom, Sheryl Bailey, Tony DeCaprio, Ron Anthony plus others.

Other American instrumentalists:
Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Ali Ryerson, Bill Perkins, Warren Vache, Spike Robinson, George Masso, Jake Hanna, Chuck Berghofer, Kendall Kay, Luther Hughes, The Seleno Clarke Quintet in Harlem, NY.

European Jazz Guitarists:
Bireli Lagrene, Louis Stewart, Martin Taylor, Ike Isaacs, John Etheridge, Terry Smith, Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff, Adrian Ingram, Roy Sainsbury, Phil Robson, Ulrich Hoffmeier, Tony Marshall, Gary Potter, Ulf Wakenius, Andreas Oberg, Thomas Brendgens-Mönkemeyer, Paul Sealy plus many others.

Other European instrumentalists:
Alan Skidmore, Dave O’Higgins, Art Themen, Peter King, Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, Iain Ballamy, Don Rendall, Ian Carr, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Jack Emblow, Bill Coleman, Dave Green, Martin Drew, Martin Creese, Steve Brown, Steven Keogh, Billy Thompson, plus others.

For twenty years Trefor has been a Mapson Guitars (USA) endorser. He also endorses Sonntag Guitars, Hofner Guitars, Thomastik-Infeld Strings, Mambo Amps, Evans Amps and Redstone Audio Speaker Cabinets.


University Of Huddersfield
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