Jazz Composers' Symposium: Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge
USF’s Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies and nationally respected educator is equally recognized for his unique compositional voice; one steeped in the jazz tradition but drawing on a diverse array of influences from contemporary classical to American folk/roots music, Latin, and funk. He has released 5 recordings with the 18-piece Jazz Surge, the last two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Described as "riotous and joyous" (JazzTimes), "muscular" (Downbeat), and "deserving of universal attention" (All Music Guide), the Surge has worked with an incredible array of prominent guests: from Gerald Wilson, Benny Golson, & Slide Hampton to Randy Brecker, Chick Corea, & Dave Liebman. Chuck has been named a Guggenheim Fellow as well as serving as current President of ISJAC and past-President of IAJE.