Photo by Ricky Chavez

Photo by Ricky Chavez

Owen Benjamin Clapp is an award-winning 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 hip-hop artists Anderson Paak, Dumbfoundead, and George Watsky, and GRAMMY award winning jazz musicians Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, and Ruslan Sirota. His recording credits include sessions for Sony Pictures, Lyft, and Ivy Hill Entertainment.


Owen grew up in the San Geronimo Valley in Northern California, a small artistic 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.

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

After moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Owen began to perform frequently at the blue whale, as well as at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and other notable venues, in addition to touring throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

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

In December of 2016 he was awarded the HUT Foundation Alumni Award through the SF Jazz Foundation for his big band composition "Tokyo."

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 pursuing his own projects.