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Chuck Owen

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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Martin Wind, Chip White and Brent Fischer

Read "Martin Wind, Chip White and Brent Fischer" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 740th Episode of Neon Jazz with music by prolific composer Brent Fischer and his orchestra with a song from Pictures at an Exhibition (2021). From there, we spin music from his father Clare Fischer with “The Shadow of Your Smile." We also hear music from long-time Neon Jazz friend Cory Weeds with music ...

Album

Within Us

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Chelsea Shuffle; Trail of the Ancients; American Noir; Milestones; Apalachicola; Sparks Fly; The Better Claim; Within Us (An Invincible Summer).

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The Persistence of Big Bands

Read "The Persistence of Big Bands" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's faintly amazing to be able to talk at all about big-band recordings--plural--emerging during an ongoing pandemic with no end in sight. Nonetheless it's a milieu that still enjoys plenty of devotion, and musicians (especially jazz players) are no strangers to realizing ideas that seem practically impossible. Here we have scores of them willing to keep ...

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Article: Album Review

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Within Us

Read "Within Us" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Florida's Chuck Owen has been a jazz educator for over 40 years, led his big band, The Jazz Surge, for 25 years and earned seven Grammy nominations along the way, so he cannot be called an unknown. Still, it seems that he is nowhere as well known as he should be, going by the quality of ...

Article: Album Review

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Within Us

Read "Within Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Giunta al settimo disco, l'orchestra The Jazz Surge di Chuck Owen celebra i 25 anni di un'attività discografica ricca di riconoscimenti (tra cui sette nominations ai Grammy) e prestigiose collaborazioni (Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Douglas, Bill Holman, Gerald Wilson e molti altri). Nata nel 1995 come estensione della cattedra di Owen ...

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Chuck Owen: Within Us

Read "Within Us" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Anniversaries are a big deal, especially when they celebrate a notable achievement in the history of a contemporary jazz big band. So when the 25th Anniversary of the first recording of the Jazz Surge came along, Chuck Owen thought it would be a suitable occasion to acknowledge the past and continue to look forward, with the ...

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Article: Album Review

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Within Us

Read "Within Us" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Any big band celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary has earned a triumph surpassing most others. To mark the occasion with an album as admirable as this one is icing on the celebratory cake. The fact is, composer/arranger Chuck Owen's Florida-based Jazz Surge, formed in 1995, shows no signs of aging or becoming obsolete. Thanks to Owen's broad-beamed ...

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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.) ...

Album

Whispers on the Wind

Label: MAMA Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Warped Cowboy; All Hat, No Saddle; A Phares of the Heart; Into the Blue; Sentinel Rock; Can’t Remember Why; Gunslingers.


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