Chuck will lead the Surge in a series of 3 consecutive one-night performances across Central Florida this Spring. . . . the band’s first FL performances since 2017 when they debuted their prior album “Whispers on the Wind” at the Jazz Composers’ Symposium in Tampa.
“Within Us: Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge” is set to receive its premier at the University of South Florida on Thursday, Feb. 24th! The full-length documentary, produced by the talented folks at USF’s InEd Studios, traces the making of the band’s latest album project from the first recording sessions in Orlando through the electric CD release concert at Birdland in New York. Beautifully captured, edited, and produced, we couldn’t be more excited to share this with those interested in getting an inside look at the creative & recording process involved in such a complex undertaking as well as the close-knit interactions of this family of musicians that is seen joyously reuniting and playing again (most for the 1st time) after 15 months of Covid isolation. The premier is free and open to the public although attendees must have tickets via Ticketmaster.
ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers) will, once again, host a gathering of the world’s finest jazz composers – this year in Austin, TX! And what an event it’s going to be!! Featured guest artists include:
Terri Lyne Carrington
But the list of other accomplished composers (numbering well over 75) that will ALSO be presenting their music or scholarship is simply astounding!
Anyone may attend!! You don’t have to be a composer or even a current member of ISJAC (although you’ll find its cheaper to register if you join first). And remember, ISJAC only hosts this every OTHER year. So, if you miss this one, you’ll have to listen to others remind you how incredible it was until June of 2024 when we take the conference to Montreal. For more info or to register visit: https://isjac.org/symposium-main
Delighted to announce that the Jazz Surge will be returning to New York for the first time in over 10 years; making their debut at the world-renown Birdland Jazz Club. Combination CD Release party as well as 25th Anniversary celebration the set is slated for Sunday, Sept. 26th at 5:00 PM. Tickets are available via: https://birdlandjazz.com/calendar/list/?tribe-bar-search=Chuck+Owen Pretty great way to catch the Surge. . . . . and hear much of the new album project live. Join us!!!!
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Jazz Surge, “Within Us” is to be released on Sept. 17th 2021!! Maybe it was just the opportunity to finally come together in the studio after the 15-month isolation of Covid; but, boy, does this project feel special!! Almost everyone that contributed to 2017’s “Whispers on the Wind” (nominated for 4 Grammys!) is back. But this year we’re also joined by the wonderful saxophonist, Steve Wilson, as well as Warren Wolf on vibes!!
Tues., Aug. 31st 7:30-9:00 PM (EST) – CD Release Celebration!BYOC (Champagne!) and Join Chuck and other Surge members in an online celebration of the Surge’s 25th Anniversary and the release of “Within Us”, including:
A preview of cuts from the CD along with Chuck’s reflections on their inspiration
Behind the scenes glimpses of the recording and compositional process
Reminiscences of highlights (and lowlights!) of Surge’s 25 years.
Thurs., Sept 9th 8:00 – 10:00 PM (EST) – Thoughts on ComposingWant to get deep in the weeds!! Well, this one’s for you! Focusing on two of the works from “Within Us”, Chuck will lead a discussion on his compositional process as well as specific writing techniques utilized. The session will include time for Q&A and comes with a Digital Download of “Within Us” as well as PDF Scores to American Noir & Trail of the Ancients.