Chuck Owen – President

Chuck Owen is Distinguished University Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida.  A nationally respected educator, having established USF’s acclaimed jazz program, he is recognized equally for his unique compositional voice; one steeped thoroughly in the jazz tradition but drawing on a diverse array of additional influences from contemporary classical and American…

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Dave Stamps – VP of Operations

Dave Stamps is Director of Jazz Studies and Arts Administration at Gustavus Adolphus College as well as co-founder and Vice President of the International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers (ISJAC). An active trombonist and composer/arranger, Dave has performed with/written for the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Ninth+Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Owen & the…

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Brian Coyle – VP of Membership & Advancement

Brian is an educator, administrator, composer, arranger, and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, conferences, universities, colleges, and high schools both nationally and internationally. He is Co-Founder and Vice President of t­­­he International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers and has served on the International Executive Board for­­­ the International Association for Jazz Education.  He…

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David Caffey

David Caffey is an internationally recognized composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. His most recent CD, ALL IN ONE by the David Caffey Jazz Orchestra, was released in October 2018. DCJO’s first release, ENTER AUTUMN, was released in October 2015. David composed, arranged, conducted, and produced the music on both CDs. His compositions and arrangements have…

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John Clayton

John Clayton is a natural born multitasker. The multiple roles in which he excels — composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist — garner him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee…

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Christine Jensen

Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail. According to Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions, with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many…

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James Miley

Composer and Jazz Pianist James Miley, recipient of the prestigious IAJE/ASCAP Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, has been a featured composer at the International Jazz Composers Symposium in Tampa, FL, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with After the Water, the Clouds (2006), premiered by the James Logan Wind Symphony under…

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Rufus Reid

For several years, Rufus has been taking the lead as a bandleader, and this ambitious project showcases his evolution, putting the emphasis on his compositional skills. “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” was released Feb 11, 2014, one day after his 70th birthday! The Quiet Pride CD showcases handpicked stellar professionals and earned two…

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Ellen Rowe

Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins.  Prior to her appointment in Michigan, she served as Director of Jazz Studies at…

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Ryan Truesdell

GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, composer, and arranger Ryan Truesdell was voted “Best New Artist” in the 2012 JazzTimes Critic’s Poll, and is best known for his award-winning Gil Evans Project. In his pursuit to restore and perform Evans’ music directly from his original manuscripts, Truesdell discovered over seventy new, never-before-recorded pieces, ten of which were released…

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