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Chuck Israels

Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. His step-father, Mordecai Bauman is a singer who performed extensively with composer Hanns Eisler and who, along with Chuck's mother, Irma Commanday, created a home environment in which music was a part of normal daily activity. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to the Bauman home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians.

Chuck studied the cello and played guitar in junior high school. Later musical training took place at Indian Hill, a summer workshop in the arts directed by his parents and at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. A year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology provided access to the considerable jazz activity in Boston where Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano, Joe Gordon, Serge Chaloff and bassist John Neves were among the many musicians who lived and performed regularly in the area. Chuck took up the bass in order to fill out the M.I.T. orchestra and soon found a demand for his abilities in the Boston jazz scene. The year at M.I.T. convinced Chuck that a career in engineering was not for him and motivated a transfer to Brandeis University where he continued his studies in music.

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Albums

Joyful Noise: The Music of Horace Silver
Joyful Noise: The...
Self Produced
2015
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Chaconne A Son Gout
Chaconne A Son Gout
Blue Jack Jazz
2013
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Second Wind: A Tribute to the Music of Bill Evans
Second Wind: A...
Self Produced
2013
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Monk Suite
Monk Suite
Savoy Jazz
2004
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 National Jazz Ensemble Vol. 2
National Jazz...
Chiaroscuro Records
1976
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