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Chuck Owen is Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida where he also serves as the founding Director of the USF Center for Jazz Composition. A nationally respected jazz educator; he is recognized widely for his unique compositional voice. Owen’s primary creative outlet is the Jazz Surge. Founding the ensemble in 1995, Owen has conducted, composed, or arranged all of the music on their first three CDs, (with guest stints from John Abercrombie, Nat Adderley, Benny Golson, and Ingrid Jensen amongst others). He has also led them in numerous concert and festival performances with noted guests such as: Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Chick Corea, Slide Hampton, Bill Holman, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, and Gerald Wilson

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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.) ...

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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 Track ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind

Read "Whispers on the Wind" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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

Read "Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

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

Read "Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: River Runs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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' ...

Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band

Read "Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...


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