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Jazz Composers Symposium
Finale Concert

Randy Brecker, trumpet
Gregoire Maret, harmonica

Jazz Composers 2017
The Tampa Jazz Club is proud to announce a concert featuring exciting new music
by CHUCK OWEN & The JAZZ SURGE, featuring special guests RANDY
BRECKER, trumpet and GREGOIRE MARET, harmonica. The 18-piece jazz
orchestra, which Owen founded in 1995, will perform at the USF Concert Hall on
the Tampa campus, on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 pm.

This will be the grand finale of the International Jazz Composers Symposium,
which is taking place for the third time at USF, bringing more than 180 prominent
composers, musicians, and scholars together at USF for three days of lectures,
panels, and master classes. Major concerts take place each evening, including
QUARTET on May 19 (with discounted admission for Tampa Jazz Club members).
Full information on the Symposium is at

CHUCK OWEN, named a Distinguished Professor at USF, is a Guggenheim
recipient and Grammy nominee whose compositions for jazz orchestra showcase a
truly singular sound, documented for more than 20 years by the Jazz Surge. Their
upcoming cd will be their 6th release, and continues Owen’s 20-year fascination
with integrating Americana/folk/roots flavors into a jazz big band context. Among
the influences he cites for the music on ‘Whispers on the Wind’ are three authors
he admires: Larry McMurtry, Stephen King, and Cormac McCarthy, and books they
have set in the west.

For RANDY BRECKER, one of the most prominent jazz artists for the past four
decades, this is a return engagement. He was among the guest artists on ‘The
Comet’s Tail,’ the spectacular Jazz Surge tribute to Randy’s late brother, Michael
Brecker, and made Bay Area performances with the band.

As for GREGOIRE MARET, often considered the heir apparent to harmonica
legend Toots Thielemans, Owen is ‘completely enchanted’ with his sound and
technique. ‘It’s such a delight to have him join the band, and a real treat for the
audience who may not know his name…but they will!’

New York violinist SARA CASWELL, who was so impressive at the March debut of
Jack Wilkins’ ‘Banff Project,’ will be part of the band, along with both COREY
CHRISTIANSEN (from Utah) and USF’s LaRUE NICKELSON playing guitar. ‘I’ve
long considered having violin a regular voice in the big band probably our most
distinctive feature,’ Owen says, ‘but the use of two guitars, which I’ve used
consistently since 1996’s ‘Madcap’ is probably a close second.’

Concerts by this remarkable band are a too-rare event. Don’t miss the opportunity
to hear them premiere new music by Chuck Owen, which will be released
nationally later this year. And join an audience of top jazz professionals as they
gather in the beautiful USF Concert Hall, for the Grand Finale of the International
Jazz Composers Symposium.

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge
Saturday, May 20; 8:00 PM
USF Concert Hall
3735 USF Holly Drive
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
Saturday, May 20,
8:00 PM
USF Concert Hall
University of South
Chuck Owen
and the
Jazz Surge