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the Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE)
Steve Owen, director
OJE Recordings

The Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE) is the premier large jazz ensemble at the University of Oregon. Among recent honors, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and its students have garnered 12 Downbeat Magazine awards and, under the directions of Steve Owen, has been selected the Outstanding College Jazz Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that they have participated over the past thirteen years.  In 2014, the OJE toured Europe with invitations to and performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland; the Vienne Jazz Festival in Vienne, France; the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; and the La Spezia Jazz Festival in La Spezia, Italy.

Recognized throughout the nation for its excellence in interpretation and performance of the wide variety of styles of music associated with the jazz genre, the OJE regularly performs new literature for jazz ensemble including works by internationally renowned composers/arrangers as well as students of the UO jazz program.  In addition to its concerts on campus, the OJE is a frequent performer at jazz festivals and educational conferences, including the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Oregon Music Educators Conference, the Northwest MENC Conference, Western International Band Conference, Kent-Meridian Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Seattle Jazz Experience as well as numerous other musical events in the Pacific Northwest.
Featured with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble in recent years have been a host of jazz artists including: Seamus Blake, Ingrid Jensen, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Don Braden, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Ron Miles, Dick Oatts, Jon Faddis, Rufus Reid, Billy Pierce, Conrad Herwig, Jim Snidero, David Scott, Maria Schneider, Paul Mazzio, David Pietro, Bobby Shew, Luis Bonilla, Shane Endsley, and Kaveh Rastegar.

 

Steve Owen, director (composer, conductor, saxophonist) is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Oregon.  Steve has presented clinics at MENC conventions across the nation and directed All-State jazz ensembles in Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Nebraska, and Minnesota as well as Oregon.   In 1991, Owen was one of two winners of the Ersted Award, the University of Oregon’s top faculty award for distinguished teaching and in 2007 was likewise honored with the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  Steve is founder and co-director of the Oregon Jazz Festival, an annual workshop for college, junior high, and high school jazz ensembles, the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp, and is on the faculty of the University of Kansas’ jazz camp. As a saxophonist, Steve appears regularly as a soloist at high school and college festivals and is featured on two recent big band CDs – Dan Cavanagh’s “Pulse” and the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra “What Did You Dream” CD.   He was one of 10 composers commissioned by Lawrence University and the HR Big Band for their Radiohead Jazz project.  Owen’s own CD, “Stand Up Eight” was just released by Origin/OA2 Records in February 2013 featuring nine of his works for large jazz ensemble.  Steve’s music is published by UNC Jazz Press, Heritage JazzWorks, and Sierra Music.

 

OJE Recordings

The Oregon Jazz Ensemble has recorded off and on over the history of its existence.  When space and time permitted, the OJE would slip into a rehearsal room, throw up some makeshift baffles, and using what mics were available record away.  It was with the completion of the UO music building addition in 2010 that dedicated space was built and state of the art recording studio equipment was purchased allowing for this ensemble to record on a yearly basis.

The selections below are a handful of the recordings this band has made over the years showcasing our students creative efforts.  The majority of the pieces were either composed or arranged by students in the University of Oregon Jazz Studies Program for the OJE (indicated with an “*”).  We are grateful for the opportunity to share these performances with you.  We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed recording them.

 

The 2013 -14 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Jessika Smith, Jared Yakel, Josh Hettwer, Christian Parkess, Devin Wright
Trumpets: Justin Woodward, Steve Sharp, Tony Glausi, Sam Saunders, Jacob Walls
Trombones: Bodie Pfost, Matt Miller, Ryan Erp, Stephen Young
Rhythm Section: Nick Hamel, Torrey Newhart, Patrick Jones, Dusty Carlson, Adam Carlson, Ken Mastrogiovanni

Selections:
Take It All….Fred Sturm
.     Josh Hettwer, tenor sax     Tony Glausi, trumpet
Teddy the Toad….Neal Hefti
Evidence….Monk/arr. Devin Wright*
.     Devin Wright, bari sax
May or May Not….David von Kampen
.     Tony Glausi, trumpet
Mudra….Justin Woodward*
.     Jared Yakel, alto sax
Song For Ellen…..Jessika Smith*
.     Jessika Smith, alto sax

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The 2012 -13 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Jessika Leek, Andy Page, Devin Wright, Josh Hettwer, Grant Caswell
Trumpets: Trevor Jones, Steve Sharp, Tony Glausi, Sam Saunders, Sam Hunt
Trombones: Nathan Walyer, Seth Arnold, Ryan Erp, Stephen Young
Rhythm Section: Olem Alves, Eddie Bond, Torrey Newhart, Patrick Jones, Sean Peterson, Adam Carlson, Derick Thomas

Selections:
Sneak Out….David von Kampen
.     Devin Wright, tenor sax
The Maids Of Cadiz….Gil Evans
.     Tony Glausi, trumpet
Polka Dots And Moonbeams….arr. Paul Krueger*
.     Devin Wright, tenor sax     Tony Glausi, trumpet
Sound & Sight….Torrey Newhart*
.     Andy Page, alto sax
The Mayans Were Wrong….Steve Owen
.     Patrick Jones, piano     Tony Glausi, trumpet
When The World Turns Into Soup….Andy Page*
.     Andy Page, alto sax

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The 2011-12 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
(Paul Krueger, director)
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The 2010 -11 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
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The 2019 -10 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
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The 2008 -09 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Andy Rosenberg, Simon Adler, Chris Clark, Thomas Webster, Charlie Gurke
Trumpets: Robby Foster, Nate Wilson, Andrew Rowan, Tom Peters
Trombones: Josh Sears, Evan Stewart, Michael Heater, Derek Bondy
Rhythm Section: Andrew Becker, Peter Marcott, Bill Ravel, Andrew Washburn, Kevin McDonald, Paul Owen, Merlin Showalter

Selections:
Transit….Darcy James Argue
A Night In Fallujia….Charlie Gurke

 

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The 2007-08 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Andy Rosenberg, Corey Lanini, Chris Clark, Mariko Ross, Nathan Irby
Trumpets: Robby Foster, Adam Christl, Josh Deutsch, Doug Detrick, David Swigart, Andrew Rowan
Trombones: Derek Bondy, Josh Sears, Evan Wright Stewart, Chuck Nickles
Rhythm Section: Bill Marsh, Andrew Washburn, Josh Tower, Ryan Biesack, Paul Owen

Selections:
Flux In A Box….Darcy James Argue
.     Bill Marsh, guitar     Andrew Washburn, piano     Ryan Biesack, drums
Dog Years…..David Swigart*
.    Derek Bondy, trombone     David Swigart, trumpet
Half The Fun…..Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
.     Andy Rosenberg, alto sax
The Song Is You…..arr. Jim McNeely
.     Chris Clark, tenor sax     Josh Deutsch, trumpet     Paul Owen, drums
Brooklyn Bridge….Doug Detrick*
.     Doug Detrick, trumpet
Jazz Ensemble #6…..Justin Morell*
.     Chris Clark, tenor sax
Tah Dum….Bob Brookmeyer
.     Josh Deutsch, trumpet     Paul Owen, drums
Johnsburg, Illinois….David Swigart*

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The 2006 -07 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Hashem Assadullahi, Corey Lanini, Sean Flannery, Chris Clark, Alan Moffett
Trumpets:Tim Leopold, Dylan Girard, Doug Detrick, Josh Deutsch, David Swigart
Trombones: Derek Bondy, Mike Ragsdale, Louis Olenick, Brian Morgan
Rhythm Section: Bill Marsh, Ben Darwish, Josh Tower, Jason Fritts

Selections:
I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me…Gaskill & McHugh/arr. Matt Moresi*
Green Dolphin Street…Kaper & Washington/arr. Doug Detrick*
Never Let Me Go…..Livingston & Evans/arr. David Swigart*
The Size Of It the Color….Doug Detrick*
No More Once Again (There Will Never Be Another You)…Warren & Gordon/arr. Doug Detrick*
Everything I Love….Porter/arr. Steve Owen

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The 2005-06 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: Hashem Assadullahi, Phil Howe, Chris Clark, Aaron Rohrbacher, Corey
Lanini
Trumpets: Tim Leopold, David Heyer, Keeman Senff, Scott Ruby, Tim Clarke
Trombones: Derek Bondy, Mike Ragsdale, Brain Morgan, Marcus Oatman
Rhythm Section: Bill Marsh, Ben Darwish, Easton Stuard, Josh Tower, Nolan Stolz, Josh Hakanson

Selections:
Madness in Great Ones….Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Not Quite….Joe Freuen*

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The 2004-05 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: David Camwell, Corey Lanini, Joe Manis, Hashem Assadullahi, David Larsen
Trumpets: Tim Leopold, Dan Kocurek, Tim Clarke, Kim Hannon
Trombones: Donny Broullette, Mike Ragsdale, Nate Brown, Cody Forcier
Rhythm Section: Bill Marsh, Easton Stuard, Dorian Crow, Nolan Stolz

Selections:
Black Rattle….Dan Cavanagh*
Having Built in Deeper Water….Dan Cavanagh*

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The 2003-04 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: David Camwell, Phil Howe, Joe Manis, Kendra Borgen, Corey Lanini
Trumpets: Eric Ferguson, Alex Lowe, Kim Hannon, Dan Kocurek
Trombones: Matt Moresi, Joe Freuen, Mike Ragsdale, Luke Warren
Rhythm Section: Chris Ward, Dan Cavanagh, Easton Stuard, Josh Britton, Jason Palmer

Selections:
Karintha….Tim Clarke*
Chaos Theory….Dan Cavanagh*
Two And….Bob Brookmeyer

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The 2002-03 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: David Camwell, Dylan Dwyer, Todd DelGuidice, Peter Curcio, Joe Manis
Trumpets: John Adler, Alex Lowe, Josh Head, MIchael Wilson
Trombones: Bryce Peltier, Matt Moresi, Nate Brown, Luke Warren
Rhythm Section: Keith Salley, Greg Goebel, Andrea Niemiec, Jordan Glenn

Selections:
Splitrock…Dan Cavanagh*
.           Greg Goebel, piano     Todd DelGuidice, tenor sax
Have You Heard…Metheny/arr. Dave Camwell*
.     Greg Goebel, piano
Hysteria….Matt Moresi*
.     Joe Manis, bari sax     Dave Camwell, soprano sax
Allegresse…Maria Schneider
.     John Adler, flugel     Todd DelGuidice, tenor sax

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The 2001-02 Oregon Jazz Ensemble
Saxophones: David Camwell, Dylan Dwyer, Todd DelGuidice, Peter Curcio, Joe Manis
Trumpets: John Adler, Chris Rowbotham, Josh Head, Michael Wilson, Alex Lowe
Trombones: Bryce Peltier, Matt Moresi, Joe Freuen, Luke Warren
Rhythm Section: Chris Ward, Greg Goebel, Andrea Niemiec, Jordan Glenn

Selections:
The Happy Go Lucky Local…Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
First Snow….Holland/arr. Andrea Niemiec*
.     Greg Goebel, piano
Rockin’ In Rhythm….Duke Ellington
I Like Fun Things…..Greg Goebel*
.     Todd DelGuidice, tenor sax
Blue In Frankie’s Flat….Frank Foster
.     Josh Head, trumpet     Peter Curcio, tenor sax     Matt Moresi, trombone

Some Other Time…Berstein/arr. Devin Sanders