“ . . . . far more than mere musical portraiture, it’s as if Owen has captured an entire ecosystem with its messy, sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes opaque, frequently frightening detail. Like water, Owen’s music will go everywhere it can: his colors are amazingly diverse . . . combining elements as diverse as swing, heavy metal, bluegrass and the avant garde and making them work together seamlessly.”     NY Music Daily, Alan Young

Whispers on the Wind

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Nominated for 4 GRAMMY Awards 
Chuck Owen – Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Chuck Owen – Best Instrumental Composition (Warped Cowboy)
Chuck Owen – Best Instrumental Arrangement (All Hat, No Saddle)
Sarah Caswell – Best Improvised Jazz Solo (Can’t Remember Why)

“. . creative, poetic,. . . wildly personal.  An adventure communing with a primal and mysterious America.”

Jeff Simon, Buffalo News.

River Runs

River Runs
Nominated for 2 GRAMMY Awards
Chuck Owen – Best Instrumental Arrangement (Side Hikes – A Ridge Away)
Chuck Owen – Best Instrumental Composition (Bound Away)


“Mr. Owen has created a masterpiece of aural sounds; a dazzling array of prismatic colors and textures that envelop the listener in a splendidly evocative way.”

Huffington Post, Ralph Miriello


The recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and five individual GRAMMY nominations, Chuck Owen’s compositions have been performed widely; by the Netherlands’ Metropole Orch., WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orch., Aarhus Big Band, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orch., Tonight Show Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, US Army Jazz Ambassadors and numerous others.  Chuck’s thoughtful, creative, evocative, and intensely personal work is steeped in the jazz tradition but draws liberally and often playfully from a diverse array of additional influences that include contemporary classical, American folk/roots music, Latin, funk, hip-hop. . . even country! . . . . . . . more . . . . .

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Chuck Owen & Jazz Surge

Chuck Owen & ReSurgence

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“ . . . . riotous and joyous! .. . . the ensemble playing and spirit really stand out!     JazzTimes, Scott Yanow

“ . . . an impressive melding of Montana and 52nd St.”     George Harris, Jazz Weekly.


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