Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Jazz Surge to Educate and Entertain at Jazz Education Network Conference and Central Florida Public Venues in January


Two Names for  Excellence!

Chuck Owen's 
Jazz Surge Orchestra 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd, 
Championsgate, FL 33896

Friday, January 6, 2023 ~ 8pm
Center for the Arts
Wesley Chapel
30651 Wells Road, 
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Saturday, January 7, 2023 ~ 8-10pm
Pilar's Martini
146 W Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407)369-8900 pilarsmartini.com 
This event at this location has previously
 SOLD OUT very quickly. Don't wait.

Founded in 1995, Jazz Surge has been described as “inventive, colorful, playful, provocative, and swinging” – combining a foundation in the jazz tradition with pronounced influences of American folk, classical, funk, roots, and latin musics." Their sold-out Sept. 2021 CD release concert at Birdland in New York is indicative of the respect and enthusiasm this 19-piece ensemble has earned - recently heralded as simply “one of the best large jazz ensembles in the country” (New York Music Daily).

Critically acclaimed from its initial 1996 release (named one of the year’s 5 best jazz CDs by JazzTimes critic David Franklin), the band catapulted to the attention of a world-wide jazz audience with the release of A Comet’s Tail (2009) & River Runs (2013) – both of which received GRAMMY nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and/or Arrangements.

However, it was Whispers on the Wind, the ensemble’s 2017 release, that truly blew the roof off!! In addition to Four GRAMMY nominations (including Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album), the CD was also named #1 Big Band Album in the 39th Annual Jazz Station Awards amongst many other end of year honors. “A masterpiece.” (Sounds of Timeless Jazz).

The Surge has worked with a “Who’s Who” of jazz royalty over the years – performing at jazz fests, series, and major international jazz conferences with guest such as: Randy Brecker, Chick Corea, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, Nneena Freelon, Karin Allyson, and many others.

Monday, January 8, 2023 ~ 4pm
The Palladium
253 5th Ave N, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33701

Sunday, January 11, 2023 ~ 7:30-9:30pm
Pilar's Martini
146 W Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
(407)369-8900 pilarsmartini.com 

ReSurgence is a genre-bending sextet of highly accomplished improvising jazz musicians – each bringing their own unique sensibilities to the already eclectic compositions of Chuck Owen and featuring the Grammy-nominated vocalist, Kate McGarry. Led by Sara Caswell’s lyrical and often haunting violin (Grammy nominated in 2018 for Best Jazz Solo) and often paired with either Corey Christiansen’s heartland or blues-drenched acoustic guitars and/or Jack Wilkins poignant sax; the group (which includes Mark Neuenschwander on bass and either 2018 Jazz Journalist Association’s Musician of the Year, Matt Wilson, or Danny Gottlieb on drums) deftly embraces everything from funk to folk . . . swing to contemporary classical. . . . . in a manner that is not self-conscious but assured, heartfelt, playful, and intimate. 

Chuck Owen
Sara Caswell 
Tami Danielsson
Jack Wilkins
Rex Wertz
Matt Vance
Matt Mill
Jay Coble
Mike Iapichino
Clay Jenkins
Keith Oshiro
Tom Brantley
Jerald Shynett
Jim Hall
Per Danielsson
LaRue Nickelson
Mark Neuenschwander 
Danny Gottlieb
Steve Wilson
Corey Christiansen

Chuck Owen
Sara Caswell 
Jack Wilkins
Mark Neuenschwander 
Danny Gottlieb
Corey Christiansen
w/ Guest Vocalist Kate McGarry

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