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Rare class picture of Jesse in elementary school
Jesse practicing piano as a teen.
Jesse got a lot of his musical influence from his father.
Jesse Bowens senior and junior
Jesse's cousin Martin Blockson has lead the way in producing for top artist like En Vogue, Phillip Bailey, Vesta Williams and many more..
Pictured in elementary school, Jesse and his friend Brett were the only black kids in class. Shortly after this photo, Brett and his family would move out of the area due to the lack of racial diversity.
Jesse's mother as a young teen.
After moving from Philadelphia, Jesse's family lived in Cleveland Ohio. They later would move to Pennsylvania in the early 70's.
Listening to his older sister Tracy play saxophone at stage band festivals gave Jesse motivation to pursue the lead drummer position for his senior year.
Organist for the tent ministry Jesse played in.
1980's Music director at Jesse's Senior High School
A rare picture of some of the members of the Blazers Marching Band after one of their many performances at halftime.
Jesse played triples in the drum line for marching band. Here he was patiently waiting for his opportunity to excel to playing the drums in senior stage band.
Award received during one of Jesse's bass solo performances in Senior Stage band.
When receiving his scholarship award, this was the letter received with Jesse's certificate.
An actual photo of the letter of recommendation typed by Mr. Mctammany in behalf of Jesse for enrollment to the Berklee College of music.
A rare signed photo in 1984 of the new music director who gave Jesse an opportunity to showcase his new talent on bass.
Senior stage band ensemble.
A rare photo of Jesse alongside Chris Kijak in the high school band room while practicing for an upcoming competition.
A closer picture of the rhythm section.
A rare picture during a performance at one of the festivals.
Chris Kijak and Jesse both played in the rhythm section in stage band. These two would later form their own Jazz-Rock fusion band in the early-80's named "EKG."
Throughout his years in junior and senior high, Jesse remained one of the most prominent artist's in his class and received several awards.
This was a personal note written in Jesse's yearbook by a friend in stage band that year. A telling description of the adversity he had to go through when changing instruments.
Received in Senior High School for music accomplishments
Drummer for EKG band in early 80's.
Today Eric loves trading and collecting old vintage records tapes and albums
Guitarist for EKG
The new edition to the EKG band who played keyboard and saxophone for EKG Band in late 80's
Presently Chris Heslop has a life full of smiles while enjoying playing sax for various ensembles and bands
The first studio demo tape put out from the young teenage band EKG. (Rare) The master reel to reel has yet to be found.
Yearbook picture showing a young Ritchie Kotzen
Shortly after high school a young Ritchie Kotzen would release several albums displaying his amazing guitar playing.
The breakdancing squad that the EkG band went up against at the Star Search finals.
Article released at First Fidelity Bank where Jesse worked in the 90's detailing three demo cassettes he completed..
These two would become great friends and often discuss the latest music production techniques.
Jesse's alter ego "Jo Jo Franklin's" 1st demo cassette.
Jo Jo Franklin's 2nd demo cassette released in mid-90's
3rd demo tape Omega featuring Jesse's signature logo "Jo Jo Franklin."
Flyer of the 4everfriends Jazz fusion bands appearance in local restaurant in Reading area.
Jesse played bass guitar for several Jazz bands.
Rare picture of Jesse and Marie Dulne in Philly after Zap Mama's concert in 2001.
Flyer handed out at detailing the bands upcoming performances at the Reading Jazz festival
Clip in the local newspaper of 4everfriendz upcoming appearance in the Reading Jazz fest
Local music magazine featuring 4everfriendz Jazz band who appeared at multiple events at the Reading Jazz Fest. Members included Gordon Johnson, Richard Benning, Vickie Jordan and Jesse
Legendary Philly Jazz bassist Mike Boone poses with Jesse Bowens at an awards event in Philadelphia.
Jesse's uncle worked his entire life uncovering the roots of African American history. He got a lot of his strength when faced with racism in school by listening and reading his material.
Article about Jesse's famous Uncle. Historian: Charles Leroy Blockson