Chuck Bergeron

As bassist and composer, Chuck Bergeron is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences and confirm a deep commitment to the rich polyrhythmic characteristics of his musical and cultural heritage.

Chuck’s newest CD, My Take - A collection of Friends and Standards, is his fifth as a leader. This recording is a collection of standards plus one Mingus composition produced in conjunction with his good friend and teaching colleague, Dr. Phil Strange. The arrangements, crafted to feature the melodic possibilities of the bass, showcase Phil’s unique approach to improvisation and feature guest appearances by New York jazz luminary Charles Pillow and vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

For the last five years Chuck has been bassist and co-arranger for Kevin Mahogany, Downbeat's male vocalist of the year. This work, together with long affiliation with the Woody Herman Big Band, keeps Chuck busy traveling and performing throughout the year.

As a faculty member of the University of Miami and member of the International Association of Jazz Educators, Chuck also teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, performs frequently at yearly conventions, and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He has also released several educational videos and play-along CDs through DCI and RhythmTech Inc.

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