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About Myself

I'm a jazz drummer and bandleader based in New York City for the past 30 years. During that time, my drumming and bandleading have developed together as two different aspects of the music I love to play. I love putting together my favorite musicians into ideal combinations, picking the most interesting music for each instrumentation, and then immersing myself in the music we make.

“It was fabulous to have your group join us for the AMBLE event. What a really terrific day! Congrats to you and the band for a gorgeous afternoon of music!”

—Anita Jacobs, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, June 2, 2012; Vibraphone Quartet

Where have we performed?

My groups have performed at jazz clubs like Birdland, The Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, and for virtually every summer concert organization in New York City, including Heart of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), Sunset On The Hudson, Summer in the Square, Brooklyn Arts Council, Grand Central Partnership, Woodside On The Move, Staten Island Family Events Incorporated, Vornado Realty, Dag Hammersjold Plaza, Rudin Management Company (Cool Music for Warm Summer Days), Music On Chelsea Piers, Harlem Meer Performance Festival, and Music on the Stuyvesant Town Oval.

“As usual, the performance by this wonderful Jazz Quintet was enjoyed by our many concert-goers and we look forward to having you join us at other Borough President events.”

—Joanne Nuzzo, Middle Beach Sea Turtle Circle, June 16, 2011; Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet

What are my bands?

Each of my bands represents a distinct musical project that I’ve developed over the course of my lifetime, based on a particular instrumentation, repertoire, stylistic concept, and core group of musicians.

The Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet is a quintet drawing inspiration primarily from the brilliantly inventive compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s.

The Saxophone Quartet features a front-line with saxophone and guitar and explores some of the most challenging and rarely-performed compositions of the major jazz composers of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

The Vibraphone Quartet features a front-line with vibraphone and guitar, and explores some of the repertoire and concepts developed by Gary Burton in the 1960s and 1970s, along with other exceptional  and rarely-performed compositions that lend themselves to the sound of the vibraphone.

The Guitar Quartet features a front-line with two guitarists and performs the music of my favorite jazz composers of the 1940s through the 1970s, including many lesser-known compositions of Thelonious Monk.

“We have worked together for 20+ years. Chuck is a fabulous musician, a warm and witty person and has been in our own professional relations, a dream client—guaranteed to always play his best on every occasion…”

Carrie Feiner, Carrie Feiner Enterprises; Google Review (March 21, 2017); Concerts 1993–present; Quintet, Quartet, Trio

Which of my bands are best for your concert series?

Each of my bands is special. All have been enthusiastically received by both the concert audiences we perform for and the concert organizers we work for. Hard to choose? Give me a call and we can discuss your needs, and which of my groups might best fulfill them.

“You guys were excellent. Not only did I have people come up to me during the concert to let me know how much they enjoyed your concert, I’ve had people calling me the past two days to ask that we bring you guys back next year. I think it is safe to say you guys will be one of the first calls we make when planning next summer’s concert series. Thank you so much for such a great concert.”

—Brian Hetey, Village of Great Neck Plaza, July 1, 2014; Vocal Trio

(Just) A Few Of Our Previous Performances

New York Jazz Bands

76 Carmine St Apt 3D

New York, NY 10014-4392

(212) 989-5281


New York Jazz Bands

New York Jazz Bands