Photo by Ricky Chavez

Photo by Ricky Chavez

Owen Benjamin is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bass player, composer, and songwriter.

His versatility on upright bass, electric bass, and keybass has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists across a range of genres, including Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, Gilbert Castellanos, Bruce Forman, Anderson Paak, Rozi Crane, India Carney, and George Watsky.

Originally from a small town in Northern California, Owen grew up in a community supportive of aspiring musicians. In high school he was a member of the award-winning SF Jazz High School All-Star Big Band, and the California All-State Jazz Ensemble. He graduated from high school as a Bank of America Scholar in the 'Music' division.

Owen studied music at UCLA on scholarship and graduated in 2013. During his time there, he was mentored by bassist John Clayton, and studied with Los Angeles Philharmonic bassists Christopher Hanulik and Peter Rofé.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Owen has performed frequently at the blue whale, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more, in addition to touring throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

His recording credits include work with Sony Pictures, Grammy-nominee Anderson Paak, Grammy winning pianist Ruslan Sirota, and many more.

In 2015 he was among four bassists from around the world who were chosen to audition for the Thelonious Monk Institute at UCLA. More recently, he joined guitarist Bruce Forman's Western Swing group Cowbop.

Now based in the Bay Area, Owen continues to perform with Los Angeles groups the Jonah Levine Collective, the Aditya Prakash Ensemble, and the Le J Keys Collective, and Bay Area groups The Hot Club of San Francisco and the Nathan Bickart trio, in addition to persuing his own projects.