Lance Owens has been playing sax for more than 70 years. Last year he recorded his first album.
When you speak of music and East Tennessee many envision the old-time music, country and bluegrass. However this region is famous for another genre, one that didn't come down from the hills, but instead rose from the roaring clubs of the city.
Just ask Bradley Reeves with Tennessee Archive of Moving Images and Sound. "Knoxville's jazz scene doesn't always get the credit it deserves, but it was always here. I mean it is a beautiful form of music with roots going back to the 1800s or even further."
Just as this music is treasured so are those that grew up in it, who breathed it into existence. One artist still blowing notes is tenor sax player Lance Owens. "I played with dance bands for many years and a little jazz went along with it."
That little bit of jazz started with a banged up alto horn and hasn't stopped since. "I've been playing for 70 years. I know a little bit more than I did then and I've had a lot of experience at it."
For Lance, his love for jazz has kept him young at the tender age of 90. "I still play with a bunch of guys on Saturday afternoons uptown. We go up there just for fun and it really turns out good sometimes."
Lance has graced many a stage and venue with his tenor brass over his career, but after nearly 70 years Lance found himself on the inside of a recording studio for the first time. "The date that they chose for the recording was my 89th birthday and it turned out to be a birthday party."
Lance hopes that a younger generation can still look to jazz for its comfort, its complexity and its feeling. "A lot of people think that because it has a beat that it's music, but music is not just a beat. There's really a lot more to it. There is a togetherness when you get a lot of people together and they are on the same page and you get a bunch of people listening to something good and you hear them. Oh man it gets good."