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Archive for Thursday, February 18, 1999

COMPOSER CHUCK OWEN TO DIRECT OWN JAZZ WORKS

February 18, 1999

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An evening of jazz featuring music composed and arranged by Chuck Owen will be presented by Kansas University's Jazz Ensemble I at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Lied Center.

Dan Gailey, KU associate professor and director of jazz studies, is director of the 19-piece jazz band. Owen will perform as guest composer-director and Dick Wright, KU's emeritus professor of music history, will be master of ceremonies.

The Jazz Ensemble I program will include Owen's "Along Came Benny," "The Gifts Awaits," "Mo' Moleids," "A Quite Longing," "Simon Says" and "Surge" as well as his arrangements of "But Beautiful" by Jimmy Van Heusen and "Running Late" by Ed Neumeister.

Other works on the program include "Ballerina on the Plus Sign" by Gailey; "El Vito El Gran Tamano" by Vince Mendoza; "Empty House" by Jim McNeely; and "Soft Lights, Sweet Music" by Irving Berlin, arranged by Michael Abene.

Owen is professor of jazz studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa. As director of the Jazz Surge, Owen composed, arranged and conducted the music on the Surge's 1996 CD on Seabreeze Records.

He is currently composing material for a follow-up Surge recording as well as developing a new small group featuring two guitars, called Resurgence, and several writing projects for the Netherlands' Metropole Orchestra.

Tickets are now for sale at the Lied Center Box Office, 864-ARTS; Murphy Hall Box Office, 864-3982; and Student Union Activities Box Office, 864-3477.

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