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
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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
If avante-garde or experimental jazz is what you seek
he's not what you're looking for
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
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, Billy Cobham,
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
Private instruction, clinics, and master classes are available by appointment only. Charlie teaches well-established and contemporary drumming techniques. His many years as an educator allows him to communicate and teach students effectively on a variety of subjects, while his professional experiences as a first call studio and touring musician provides insight to the music business. Charlie accepts a limited number of select motivated, serious intermediate and advanced private students in the Chicago area.