Born and raised in New Orleans, Chuck began studying music at the age of 8. After switching from drums to bass at 17, he began working professionally around town. Chuck continued his education by earning a Bachelors Degree in Music from Loyola University and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami. Upon completion of this work, Chuck moved to New York, where he resided for 12 years while touring, performing, and recording with a wide range of jazz luminaries including Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Steve Gadd, Carl Allen, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, Art Lande, Joey Calderazzo, Dave Stryker, Steve Slagel, Tierney Sutton, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Moses—
and the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich.
As a faculty member of the University of Miami and member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Chuck also teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, performs frequently at yearly conventions, and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He has also released several educational videos and play-along CDs through DCI and RhythmTech Inc.
Chuck’s newest CD, My Take – A collection of Friends and Standards, is his fifth as a leader. This recording is a collection of standards plus one Mingus composition produced in conjunction with his good friend and teaching colleague, Dr. Phil Strange. The arrangements, crafted to feature the melodic possibilities of the bass, showcase Phil’s unique approach to improvisation and feature guest appearances by New York jazz luminary Charles Pillow and vocalist Kevin Mahogany.