“Renderings” – Chuck’s anticipated first album with the WDR Big Band was released by Summit/MAMA in July of 2023! 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.
Chuck joined NEA Jazz Master, Terri Lyne Carrington and the WDR Big Band for a series of concerts and recording in Germany. He arranged and conducted all the works which also featured vocalist, Melanie Charles. Concert video currently available for viewing: https://fb.watch/kfzq6xCVcA/ Although there is no projected release date, an album was also recorded. Stay tuned!!
Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge are delighted to announce their scheduled appearance at the 2023 JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference on Wed., Jan 4th at 10:15 PM! Can’t make that? Well, the ensemble will also return to perform an intimate club set at Pilar’s Martini in Winter Garden (the last one sold out!) and at the Pasco Center for the Performing Arts. Dates are:
Wednesday, Jan 4th 2023 – JEN Conference – Omni Orlando Hotel @ 10:15 PM
Friday, Jan. 6th 2023 – Center for the Arts, Wesley Chapel, Tampa – 8:00 PM Tickets
Saturday, Jan 7th 2023 – Winter Garden/Orlando, beginning @ 8:00 PM. Tickets
After a Covid-influenced hiatus, Chuck’s new sextet “ReSurgence” will return with a Central Florida mini-tour in January, 2023. Dates are still being set but include:
Sunday, Jan 8th 2023 – Palladium Theater (St. Pete) @ 4:00pm Tickets
Wednesday, Jan 11th 2023 – Pilars Jazz Club, Winter Garden (Orlando) @ 7:30pm Tickets
“Renderings” – Chuck’s debut album project with the phenomenal WDR Big Band is set for a Feb., 2023 Release. Recorded over two trips to the famed German studio, this project is something of a departure from those with the Surge as it primarily features arrangements – Chuck’s highly original re-imaginings or “Renderings”, if you will. A Sinatra standard, a Chick Corea work, 3 scintillating compositions from the band’s personnel, and even a couple of Chuck’s own pieces are shone in a new light. More soon!