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 (smilepolitely.com). 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.
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
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.