conductingChuck Owen is a composer/arranger, conductor, producer, and a recognized leader in jazz education. The recipient of 5 Grammy nominations for his work with the Jazz Surge, he has also written for the WDR Big Band, Netherland’s Metropole Orkest, and many others.He is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and currently serves as the founding President of ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers).

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“Renderings” – Chuck’s anticipated first album with the WDR Big Band was released by Summit/MAMA on July 21st, 2021! The project, interrupted and delayed by Covid, was recorded in two separate sessions in July of 2019 & May 2021 and shines a spotlight on Chuck’s highly creative approach to original arrangements.  Sara Caswell, violinist from the Surge, is featured as a guest soloist on a couple of the charts.


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“A brilliant new collaboration” — Jazziz Magazine

“A big band at lavish full throttle.” — The Times (UK)

“Remarkable and enveloping. It's easily the finest big band album of the year thus far. Every track is a work of extraordinary art.”  —Marc Myers, JazzWax

“A tour de force of elite composing, arranging, and musicianship.  Renderings is a world-class thriller.”   — Michael Ambrosino, Currents/33ThirdJazz

“one of the most enjoyable recordings of the year.”  — Gary Whitehouse, Green Man Review

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Nominated for two Emmy Awards!