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Chuck Deardorf

Chuck Deardorf has been an integral member of the Northwest jazz scene for over two decades. A respected acoustic and electric bassist, his dynamic performances have been a part of countless festivals, nightclubs, and recording sessions, touring the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia with such jazz greats as saxophonists Bud Shank and Don Lanphere; pianists George Cables, Bill Mays, and Kenny Barron; and guitarists Larry Coryell and Bruce Forman. As a first call bassist in Seattle over the last twenty-five years, he has been chosen to perform with a long list of legendary artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Werner, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Eric Alexander, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbara, Jeff Hamilton, Victor Lewis, Joe Williams and Mark Murphy among others.

Chuck’s latest solo release on Origin records, “Transparence”(released 2011) demonstrates his performing, producing and arranging abilities with a host of great musicians. He is currently a member of the Deardorf/Peterson Group (whose 2004 Origin release “Portal” won critical acclaim), the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, the Susan Pascal Quartet along with the Bill Ramsay Big Band. An accomplished studio musician, Chuck’s bass has been heard on many first run movie soundtracks, dozens of albums and CD projects, and numerous Broadway touring shows. Chuck also has performed on numerous occasions with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

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“Chuck is one of my favorite bassists...one of the finest working today” Bud Shank “A virtuoso soloist” Jazz Times ”Bassist Chuck Deardorf has been a yeoman on the Seattle jazz scene for more than 25 years. His muscular sound and Gibraltar-like time have been heard locally behind everyone from Abbey Lincoln and Chet Baker to Art Farmer and Mark Murphy. After spending a career in the shadows, Deardorf finally has stepped into the spotlight with an album under his own name. Seattle Times
Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

Seattle

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teaching privately for 30+ years; Full Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Call for info.

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Discography

Transparence

Transparence

Origin Records
2020

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Perception

Perception

Origin Records
2019

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Portal

Portal

Origin Records
2004

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Collage

Collage

Chuck Deardorf
Transparence

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