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|The Tampa Jazz Club wound up this season with a night to remember, on
Saturday, May 20! Chuck Owen led his remarkable orchestra, The Jazz Surge,
with special guests Randy Brecker and Gregoire Maret, in the closing concert of
the International Jazz Composers Symposium at the USF Concert Hall. And in the
organization’s 1st Hall of Fame induction, audience members were thrilled at the announcement
that the recipient was Chick Corea. Chick – just home from a five-week European tour –
followed his heartfelt remarks with an impromptu treatment of Miles Davis’ ‘All Blues,’
joined by Randy Brecker, Mark Neuenschwander, and as fate would have it, drummer
Joe Chambers, a jazz elder statesman who was attending the conference –
and who was on Chick’s first record date as a leader, in 1965! Earlier in the evening,
listeners were treated to world premieres of several pieces that will be released later
this year on ‘Whispers on the Wind,’ the 6th cd by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge.
|TAMPA JAZZ CLUB SEASON ENDS
WITH A SURPRISE GUEST AT USF:
CHICK COREA RECEIVES HALL
OF FAME RECOGNITION
|The 2016-17 TJC season was filled with bright musical moments, at both HCC/Ybor City’s
Mainstage Theatre and the USF Concert Hall. During April, the Mainstage was the site for
both the Laila Biali Trio, in the Canadian performer’s first area appearance, and a 90th
birthday tribute to Tampa’s legendary saxophonist Ernie Calhoun. Earlier in the year,
Whitney James teamed up with the LaRue Nickelson Trio for ‘Heart, Soul, and Swing,’
and guitarist Phill Fest, a former Bay Area resident, returned for a reunion with old friends
and colleagues. Celebrations of legendary jazz figures took place earlier in the season,
including Jack Wilkins’ concert honoring John Coltrane, and Valerie Gillespie’s tribute to
Lou Donaldson, along with Bop Legacy playing the music of Stan Getz and Chet Baker.
|For the first time this year, Tampa Jazz Club collaborated with the USF School of
Music to present Monday Night Jazz, in the 21st year of that highly acclaimed series.
Veteran Hammond organist Bobby Floyd kicked off the series, followed by Canadian
composer Christine Jensen with the USF Jazz Orchestra. That band also performed with
Danny Gottlieb and Frank Greene this year; Eric Alexander tore it up with the Faculty
Jazz Ensemble; and in March, Jack Wilkins debuted his ‘Banff Project,’ an
intriguing concert of new music paired with original films.
|Chuck Owen leads the Jazz Surge at USF
|Trumpeter Randy Brecker with Chick Corea
|The Tampa Jazz Club, a non-profit membership organization founded in 1995, is
dedicated to bringing exciting live music to our community, along with helping students
pursuing jazz studies through an annual scholarship named for legendary WUSF
broadcaster Vic Hall. Many thanks to TJC members and all who attend our events –
you make it all happen!
We’re working at this moment on concerts at HCC/Ybor’s Mainstage and the USF
Monday Night Series for next season, and look forward to seeing you there!
|Chick Corea with Chuck Owen