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NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2018 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.) "Can't Remember Why" ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz List

60th GRAMMY Awards: Jazz List

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.) "Can't Remember Why" by Sara Caswell
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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind

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Chuck Owen's Florida-based and Grammy-nominated Jazz Surge is back in the saddle with another series of impressive musical portraits, Whispers on the Wind, whose genesis harkens back to Owen's childhood in windy Omaha, NE, and whose inspiration derives in part from the works of three contemporary authors: Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King (the last, ...

NEWS: EVENT

International Jazz Composers' Symposium - May 18-20 at University Of South Florida - School Of Music in Tampa

International Jazz Composers' Symposium - May 18-20 at University Of South Florida - School Of Music in Tampa

Featuring:
Billy Childs (and his Quartet)
John Hollenbeck (with the Claudia Quintet)
Christine Jensen
Chuck Owen (with his Jazz Surge)
Rufus Reid
Maria Schneider
Ryan Truesdell Special Appearances by:
Randy Brecker
Gregoire Maret Vision Talks by Music Industry leaders:

NEWS: EVENT

Registration Now Open For ISJAC Symposium - May 18-20, 2017

Registration Now Open For ISJAC Symposium -  May 18-20, 2017

2017 International Jazz Composers Symposium
at the University of South Florida
May 18-20, 2017 REGISTRATION FOR THE SYMPOSIUM NOW OPEN!
TAKES PLACE MAY 18-20, 2017
Time is running out, so register now.
Submission deadline is October 27th! The Mission of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It...

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As has been pointed out a number of times before, there's no audible difference between the University of North Texas' One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, which are customarily named for rehearsal times but based on performance alone could well be designated One O'Clock and One-Fifteen. This is not meant to devalue the One O'Clock ...

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: River Runs

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On this powerful and ambitious “concerto for jazz guitar, saxophone and orchestra," composer Chuck Owen's Jazz Surge is bolstered by a thirty-four member reed, brass and string section that helps guide the listener on a picturesque journey along a number of rivers of various shapes, sizes and currents whose aim is to rekindle through musical portraiture ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Composer/Bandleader Chuck Owen Reflects the Clarity and Thrill of Nature on Latest Album, River Runs, Available April 9 on MAMA Records

Composer/Bandleader Chuck Owen Reflects the Clarity and Thrill of Nature on Latest Album, River Runs, Available April 9 on MAMA Records

Combines Long-Running Big Band, The Jazz Surge, with Full Orchestra “An incredibly colorful portrait, you can feel the power and majesty of these natural settings. Excellent music!” —Dave Liebman “A tour de force in contemporary orchestral composition... This exquisitely produced recording defies classification.” —Rufus Reid “Beautiful. Beautiful. Jazz has never sounded better.” —Bob Belden “‘'River Runs' deep, free-flowing into cross-currents, but always moving forward ...

Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band

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Phil Woods / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble
Solitude
Jazzed Media
2010

Not to underplay the title, but Solitude, from alto saxophone master Phil Woods and the splendid DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, embodies far more than the sort of serenity it implies. In fact, Woods is as animated and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Glenn Cashman / UAB SuperJazz / Elliot Deutsch Big Band / Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra

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Glenn Cashman
And the Southland Big Band!
Primrose Lane Music
2009

Even though Glenn Cashman's superlative Southland Big Band makes its home (technically) south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it is more than a few miles removed from cotton fields, mint juleps and the Mississippi River--to be more precise, in the ...