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Charlie Harrington

Born: August 1    Primary Instrument: Drums

Charlie Harrington

A child prodigy, Charlie Harrington has played drums since the age of 5 and has performed professionally since the age of 15. He studied with and became the protege of jazz drumming legend Ray Bauduc. Charlie later studied with classical percussionist Tim Tull.

In addition to leading his own band, Charlie Harrington and the Jazz Express, he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Woody Herman

Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
, Freddie Green
Freddie Green
Freddie Green
1911 - 1987
guitar, acoustic
, Stan Mark, Kirk Whalum
Kirk Whalum
Kirk Whalum
b.1958
saxophone
, Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell
b.1943
guitar
, Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
b.1967
vocalist
, John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
, Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
b.1942
vocalist
, Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
, Richie Cole
Richie Cole
Richie Cole
b.1948
sax, alto
, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
, Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
b.1931
reeds
, Carly Simon, Ari Brown
Ari Brown
Ari Brown
b.1944
sax, tenor
, Junko Onishi
Junko Onishi
Junko Onishi
b.1967
piano
, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Eddie
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1917 - 1988
sax, alto
His blues playing credits include sharing the stage with Joe “Guitar” Hughes and Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan
1954 - 1990
guitar
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”Great chops...a real swinging drummer.” Louie Bellson

”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. If you want toe tapping, finger snapping, head bobbing lively music that swings he delivers it with passion, conviction, and without remorse.” Philadelphia Bulletin

”...fantastic all around musician that propels his kit and the group into new realms of taste and groove. He's a hard- driving straight ahead no nonsense performer that truly makes the music come alive.” Detroit Free Press

”Watching him perform was an unforgettable experience. He is animated and a bundle of energy: a syncopated Zen master. The group was brighter and more interesting due to his driving rhythmic pulse.” Houston Gazette

”Mr. Harrington's musicianship will remind you of the technical prowess and showmanship of the big band drummers of yore, infused with humility and class. His natural flow of playing has essential qualities, including a balance of rigor and elasticity.” Chicago Standard

”...his inimitable antagonistic percussive prodding, coupled with a dazzling display of virtuosic improvisational madness, was breathtaking.” San Mateo Daily News

”His knowledge of all things jazz drums - from Baby Dodds to Ed Thigpen and beyond - makes him an enthralling performer, and like Louie Bellson he performs just as well in a big band or small group. His genius is comparable to Jake Hanna.” Chicago RedEye

Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Chicago, IL

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
Charlie 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.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Charlie's clinic typically begins by covering equipment selection and set up and is then followed by a discussion on warm up exercises, stick grip, how to develop technique, a signature sound, and practice tips. Phrasing, subdividing, comping, independent coordination, tension and release, pacing, along with setting up and supporting the ensemble are also covered. A brief history of American Jazz drumming is touched on throughout the clinic.

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Charlie Harrington exclusively plays Vic Firth sticks, brushes, and mallets. He endorses Allegra Drums, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, Beato Bags, Power Wrist Builders, ProLogix Percussion, DrumDial Precision Drum Tuner, and Westone in-ear musicians' monitors and custom fit musician earplugs.

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