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Chuck Owen wraps up USF jazz symposium

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge performs Saturday (May 20) at the University of South Florida Concert Hall.

Courtesy of Chuck Owen

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge performs Saturday (May 20) at the University of South Florida Concert Hall.

The Tampa Jazz Club, in conjunction with, the University of South Florida School of Music, presents Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge in the the Jazz Composers Symposium finale concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the USF Concert Hall, 3735 USF Holly Drive.

Owen, named a distinguished professor at USF, is a Guggenheim recipient and Grammy nominee whose compositions for jazz orchestra showcase a truly singular sound. The Jazz Surge, an 18-piece jazz orchestra founded by Owen, has documented that singular sound for more than 20 years.

The group's upcoming CD will be its sixth release, and continues Owen's 20-year fascination with integrating Americana/folk/roots flavors into a jazz big band context.

The concert also will feature trumpeter Randy Brecker and harmonica player Gregoire Maret.

Brecker is considered one of the most prominent jazz performers of the past four decades.

Maret is considered the heir apparent to harmonica legend Toots Thielemans.

The International Jazz Composers Symposium grand finale brings 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 the Billy Childs Quartet tonight (May 19).

Tickets are $25/$18 Tampa Jazz Club Members and seniors, $12 for students with ID.

Tickets also available at the door or online.

For more information, visit tampajazzclub.com or call (727) 771-7415

Chuck Owen wraps up USF jazz symposium 05/17/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:14pm]
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