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Roscoe Owens, His Father & Son,

A Trio Providing the Wind Beneath Their Wings

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Roscoe Owens is a father, grandfather and great grandfather. His son Kejohnna lives in Texas with his daughter and granddaughter. Roscoe has built his business around his father’s legacy, Jimmie Lee Owens. He recalls how his father worked so much that he wished he was home with him more. He is sure that his son, Kejohnna, at times wished the same thing. Today, the three are connected through Roscoe’s business called, The JazzZone.

When he was young, Roscoe’s father worked as a salesman and at Lockheed in the daytime and played in his own Jazz combo, The Jimmie Owens Trio, at night. The Jimmie Owens Trio was his love whereby he made a living for his family. The senior Owens set a road map for his son Roscoe to follow, selling and manufacturing women’s clothes in his company called, Flop Joe’s. Like so many young people who see the family business as just work, Roscoe rejected his father’s business and joined the Air Force. But like so many sons, he ended up following in his father’s footsteps.

On returning from the Air Force Roscoe achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in 1972 from Cal State Dominguez Hills and formed his own manufacturing company called Sasfrass fashions. Using the skills he learned at his father’s business, and his great communication and people skills, he sold wholesale and retail. The company originally found a home in the back of Paramount Cleaners on Lincoln Avenue in Altadena and later moved to its own location on Lincoln in Altadena. And like his father before him, he combined his business with working in sales, and working in the insurance industry. He later would found the Arroyo Gallery Art store in Old Town where he operated the popular store for ten years before the city began to divest itself of small businesses in favor of corporate types.

Today, he works in Real Estate and Finance while operating his JazzZone company. And his son, Kejohnna, operates a branch of what has become the family business in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. The company sells art, and provides music, and coordinates talent, art and ambiance for private, business and corporate events. Roscoe has come full circle from the days when he tried to reject his father’s business. Likewise, his son has come full circle from the days when he, too, rejected the lessons of his father. Today, though the senior Owens is gone, this ‘trio’ provide the wind beneath each other’s wings.

 

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