Born: August 1
Charlie Harrington is a multitalented drummer whose artistic ability is seemingly limitless. As a bandleader and as a sideman he pushes the boundaries of swing and groove and has garnered critical acclaim for his ability to inspire and entertain. He's known for sophisticated rhythms, distinctive accompaniment, and powerful solos. ...his inimitable antagonistic percussive prodding, coupled with a dazzling display of virtuosic improvisational madness, was breathtaking, writes the San Mateo Daily News.
“A drummer can be one of three things: a technician, an entertainer, or a musician...
He's the real deal... Ray Bauduc
Swing!... Freddie Green
Reminds me of a young Davey Tough... Woody Herman
Great sense of rhythm and phrasing... Ed Shaughnessy
A jazz master and a real treasure who should not be missed. Time Out New York
...based out of Chicago he's worth seeing whenever he ventures to town. Be ready to experience brilliance and artistry on a level not often heard these days. Brooklyn Free Press
If avante-garde or experimental jazz is what you seek he's not what you're looking for...
Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students
Credentials/BackgroundCharlie continues to impart his knowledge to drummers
everywhere. He is a member of the Professional Drum
Teachers Guild, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the
National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD). He is
also a member of the Vic Firth Inc., Education Team as well
as the Jazz Education Network (JEN).
In addition to his time studying with jazz drumming legend Ray Bauduc, he has taken master classes with Ed Soph, Louie Bellson, Jack DeJohnette, Donny Osborne, Johnny Rabb, Clayton Cameron, Butch Miles, Steve Smith, Joe Morello, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Steve Gadd, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Peter Erskine, and Ed Shaughnessy. His lessons are guaranteed to accompany a healthy dose of wisdom as passed on to him by these giants of the drumming world.
Private instruction, clinics, and master classes are available by appointment only. Charlie teaches well- established and contemporary drumming techniques. He accepts a limited number of private students in the Chicago area.