Ephraim Owens (born 1972, Dallas, Texas) is an American musician, composer, and jazz bandleader who plays trumpet and flugelhorn.
Owens began playing trumpet in elementary school, after classmates urged him to join the school band. He continued his music education at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas and earned a music scholarship to Southwest Texas State University. Ephraim studied classical music until he switched to jazz after attending a Roy Hargrove concert.
Owens moved to Austin, Texas in 1994 and became a fixture in the Austin music scene. Austin mayor Bruce Todd proclaimed June 14, 1997 as Ephraim Owens Day. Owens has played all over the world and is adaptable to all styles of music, but mostly he plays his favorite music, jazz.
Owens appears in a documentary film exploring the musical styles of the United States entitled, Before the Music Dies. Other featured artists included Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu, and Widespread Panic.
Owens appears on the Abra Moore release On the Way playing flugelhorn.
Owens plays with Black Red Black (with Red Young on keys and Brannen Temple on drums) and his various quintets, quartets, and trios and is a regular on the Austin music scene, playing as a regular at many mainstays.
In the Fall of 2015, Owens joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band, performing at the tribute/reunion to Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen at the Lockn' Festival, and is currently on tour with the TTB
Sheryl Crow, Mumford and Sons, Jimmie Vaughn, Erykah Badu, Doyle Bramhall, Blaze (jazz band), Black Red Black, Stephen Bruton, Patrice Pike, Wayne Hancock,
Wendy Colonna, Reckless Kelly, Abra Moore.
The String Cheese Incident, Peter Rowan, Karl Denson, James McMurtry, Roy Hargrove, Calexico, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wendy & Lisa, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bonnie Raitt, Seela Misra, Mumford and Sons.
Toured with Sheryl Crow on the 100 Miles from Memphis tour.