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Charles Lane

Charles Lane's Bio

Charles Lane’s saxophone playing is a completely emotional experience. His progressive view on art compliments the way he writes, plays and understands music. Charles' playing has been called “technically great, alive and vibrant” ( Bending the rules of jazz by incorporating elements of the hip-hop, pop and jazz idioms, he views music as a forward thinking art-form that should be a reflection of the times, not what was, but what is and what will be.

Hailing from the North Suburbs of Chicago, Charles graduated with honors with a B.M. in Jazz Performance on the saxophone and a minor in Anthropology with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology and Andean Studies at the esteemed University Of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign in the Spring of 2009. Of the many awards and scholarships Charles has been given, he was named a Fulbright Scholar Alternate to Lima, Peru in 2009. The list of exceptional artists Charles has had the privilege of performing with include the late Jazz Violin great Johnny Frigo, Count Basie drummer Harold Jones, Frank Sinatra drummer Bob Chmel, The Brubeck Brothers Trio, bassist Jeff Campbell, pianist Reggie Thomas, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery amongst others.

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The Price Of Air by Brian McGovern

From Joe Six-pack to Joe the Plumber to Joe Rock-oriented-music- enthusiast, when the term “Jazz” is brought up images are conjured of either 15 minute, unintelligible free form jams or of smooth but insufferably boring elevator music. The everyday man is content to “not get” Jazz or see it as something from another era. I admit, I more often look back than forward when listening to the genre, but that can only be seen as a fault.

Case in point: local musician and University of Illinois student, Charles Lane’s new album The Price of Air. Released October 9 at Zorba’s on Green Street, Lane’s 50 minute disc retells some tales, featuring three covers, but catches the listener’s attention with his original compositions

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor


Deerfield, IL

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Teaching Assistant - Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 2006 Jazz Theory Instructor - Midwest Young Artists, 2005 Private Saxophone/Piano Instructor - 2000-present Resides in Philadelphia, $40/hr.


Self Produced


Miles Davis Miles Davis
John Coltrane John Coltrane
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
sax, alto
Chris Potter Chris Potter
Tom Harrell Tom Harrell
Vijay Iyer Vijay Iyer
David Binney David Binney
Sam Rivers Sam Rivers
sax, tenor
Jason Adasiewicz Jason Adasiewicz
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