Tampa, Florida jazz artist and USF Jazz professor Chuck Owen has received 4 Grammy nominations for his 2017 piece of art album titled “Whispers On The Wind” This is not Owen’s first nomination for the prestigious music award, he also received 2 nominations in 2014.
The cutoff for 2017 nominations was September 30, 2017 so Owen must have produced something really special with “Whispers On The Wind” because it was just released in late September of 2017. Getting a single nomination for that late of a release would be a big enough challenge but to receive 4 tells us that Tampa has a very talented artist and teacher in Chuck Owen. Certainly one the entire Bay area can all be proud of.
In a recent interview with Creative Loaf, Owen stated that he knew “There was something from the beginning about Whispers that just felt ‘right” and that he is hoping to be able to attend the award ceremonies in person on January 28, 2018 at New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden. Certainly many Tampa Bay area Jazz and music lovers will tune in to cheer on the local artist and teacher.
The 4 categories that “Whispers On The Wind” received nominations for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording (the album was recorded with a 19 piece band), Best Instrumental Composition and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
In addition to being a jazz artist, composer and album producer, Owen is also the University of South Florida’s Director of Center For Jazz Composition and the university’s Director of Jazz Ensemble. He has served the university in these capacities for 22 years. Prior to becoming a distinguished professor at USF, Owen received his Bachelor of Music at North Texas State University and then went on to earn a Masters in Orchestral Conducting from California State University-Northridge.
There were over 22,000 Grammy nominations submitted this year so Chuck Owen, The University of South Florida and all Tampa citizens can certainly be very proud of this accomplishment. Good luck Chuck.