Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

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2022Winners ReSurgence

2022 Cycle 2 Award Winner Chuck Owen and ReSurgence

Posted April 16, 2023

Chuck Owen and ReSurgence are deeply honored to be the recipients of a John Stites Jazz Award and excited to embark on our 2-week mid-west tour of concerts and residencies next November (2023) where we’ll share some brand-new music, reach out to new communities, and get to work with aspiring (and, undoubtedly, inspiring!) young musicians. ReSurgence is a septet largely culled from the multi-Grammy nominated Jazz Surge big band (although augmented by the marvelous vocalist, Kate McGarry). While rooted in the jazz tradition, this band’s hallmark is its unique sound that embraces facets of American folk/roots music, rock, contemporary classical, and many other styles. The group (all experienced jazz educators) adheres to the belief that audience development is driven most readily by intimate, transformative experiences, a sense of connection to the artists involved, understanding of the creative process, and by developing a community that is welcoming and fun! We can’t wait to see you in November!!

Submitted by Chuck Owen

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John loved music with all his heart and was the ideal recording engineer – a profession into which he poured all his considerable talents and artistry.

Dan Gustin

The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization.

The organization funds advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians, as well as personal development projects which enhance their career opportunities.