Chuck Anderson TrioJamey's House of MusicPhiladelphia, PAJuly 13, 2013Chuck Anderson is a virtuoso jazz guitarist with an eclectic repertoire that includes standards, originals, a dash of rock, and artisan electric adaptations of classical acoustic guitar music. He started out forty years ago as the house guitarist at the Latin Casino, and then formed his own groups that included the great bassist Al Stauffer and the genius pianist Bernard Peiffer. His career was disrupted by a series of medical problems, during which time he continued teaching and composing. He recovered and resumed his performing career about ...read more
Chuck Anderson TrioLive at Chaplin's Music CafeSelf Produced2011 This self-produced DVD is a gem, with over an hour of straight ahead, guitar trio jazz featuring Chuck Anderson, a virtuoso player who is sheer pleasure to hear. The disc aims to recreate a live performance by showcasing Anderson's group in a nightclub setting, with high definition sound and clear, simply structured video imaging that gives a sense of being there," without distracting from the music itself. If you put the DVD on a home theater system, you can sit ...read more
Chuck Anderson/Jimmy Bruno DuoRoller's Flying Fish8142 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA Saturday, January 15, 2011 When two self-propelled master guitarists like Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Bruno get together, it's a certainty that sparks are going to fly, but not necessarily in what direction. How would these two individualistic players combine forces--and why? Anderson and Bruno both came out of the same hotbed of Philly jazz in the 1960s, and swapped potentially lucrative careers as staff musicians to play in formats they loved. Each went through periods of relative inactivity due to medical issues--Anderson ...read more
Every musician is at once a student and a performer. In each role, the musician explores and hopefully expands. The efficiency of progress for the student often suffers because of his inability to clearly see the differences between his own roles as student and performer.The attitude of the student must essentially be one of humility and patience. The work usually centers on the difficulties of developing one's technical capabilities and one's unique musical personality. Focusing on weaknesses rather than strengths is often difficult for the ego to accept. Most musicians prefer to hear themselves at their best and ...read more
Guitar Lore by Dennis Sandole was not originally published by Theodore Presser. I published the book and distributed it through my school Modern Music Studios Inc. A second edition paperback was published later by Pressers.There has always been controversy about the origins of the book. Dennis had conceived and organized this material long before it was published. At my urging (and I'm sure the urgings of others), he finally agreed to proceed with the production of the book. I took dictation and the outlines of the book directly from Dennis and then hand wrote and developed the entire ...read more
Since it is so difficult to define or even recognize, talent, or the lack of it, has created more than its share of anxiety in aspiring musicians. Perhaps the greatest problem centers around the fact that talent is a fact in retrospect. Only after it has been developed does it become obvious that it exists. So how does one know that talent is within him? Is intuition or hope the only recourse? Though there is no way to prove the existence of talent or at least the degree of talent before the fact, there are some general indicators.A) ...read more
Music as a career has always been met with considerable skepticism. This stems from a basic misunderstanding of the types of music involvements that are possible. The concept of the starving musician" is but one of the many stereotypes. This installment of The Art and Science of Jazz" is devoted to illustrating other alternatives.Music can be an avocation, a dedication, a business or a profession. They are not necessarily distinctly unique. Mixtures of these various roles are always possible and perhaps even common.The part time musician (avocation) interests us least for now since his priorities have ...read more
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