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Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson was born in Chicago, Ilinois on June 21st, 1947. At a young age, the family moved first to the Chicago suburb of Broadview then, to Westchester. When Chuck was 12, the Anderson family moved to Pennsylvania. He attended St. Katherine of Sienna grade school in Wayne, PA.

Basketball was a passion and looked like a possible career. Devon Prep was his high school of choice. Noted more for academic excellence than for sports, Chuck nevertheless continued his involvement in basketball. His discovery of guitar was completely accidental. Once, he played his first Em chord, music went forward and basketball went backward. Guitar lessons began in 1961. By 1963, Chuck was teaching guitar and playing local dances. Giving up basketball left his senior year completely focused on music.

Chuck entered St. Joseph's University in 1965. By 1967, it was apparent that music was to be his career. Both his teaching and performing continued to accelerate. By the time Chuck graduated in 1968, he was ready to teach and play full time.His first major break came in 1969 when he was offered the staff guitar job at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Latin was a famous showcase of world class entertainment. It was there that Chuck had his first associations with the top of the entertainment world. During that period, he accompanied and performed with legends such as Bobby Darin, Billy Eckstine and Peggy Lee among many others.

After four years of fourteen shows a week, it was time to turn in a new direction. Chuck started his concert jazz guitar career in 1973 when he formed the Chuck Anderson Trio with Al Stauffer on Bass and Ray Deeley on drums.Their first album, "Mirror within a Mirror", received critical acclaim and was the springboard for a busy concert schedule. The Trio's music featured Chuck's original writing as well as uniquely arranged jazz classics. The group's forte was a tremendous interaction and internal dialogue. Improvisation was at the heart of every performance.

Another four years passed and he was offered the staff job at Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon, PA. Another major talent showcase, the Music Fair work helped Chuck solidify his reputation as an outstanding professional guitar player. Here, he worked with Nancy Wilson, Michel LeGrand and Anthony Newley among many others.

After seven years of intense show involvement, the creative need asserted itself again. This time, Chuck turned toward the development of The Neo Classical Guitar. In this style, Chuck pioneered the use of the pick style guitar in Classical music. Using both electric and acoustic guitars, his Neo Classical style featured transcriptions, original composition and improvisation on international themes. This work produced the ground breaking album "Kaleidophon - The Art of the Neo Classical Guitar". Appearances and interviews on radio stations such as WFLN, WXPN and WRTI as well as television appearances on Prime Time and PBS heralded Chuck as the "new Segovia". Two live recordings, "Timeless" and "Virtuosity", were products of this period.

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“Guitarist/composer Chuck Anderson has the ability to turn notes into poetry.”

—Gerald Veasley Jazz Recording Artist

“Chuck Anderson is certainly one of America's finest and most influential guitarists...”

—Dick Boak Martin Guitar Company

“The worst thing you can do is to imagine the uniqueness of Chuck Anderson's music. The best thing is to go see him...”

—Tom Jensen Today's Post

“Chuck Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. He is an outstanding teacher, a prolific composer and a great guitarist.”

—Bob Miles Host of "Miles of Music" television show

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Philadelphia

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Massive experience in private teaching. I develop programs for guitarists that are customized to the individual. Using my own technologies such as Modular Phonetic Rhythm and Fingering Systems, I have been able to help many jazz guitarists achieve their goals.

Clinic/Workshop Information

A wide variety of topics from Guitar Technique, Making a Living as a Guitarist, Jazz Guitar, Improvisation, Songwriting, Composition and more...

Joseph Cordes
guitar, electric

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Serendipity

Self Produced
2021

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Spontaneity

Self Produced
2021

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Dominos

Self Produced
2020

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Original Jazz Works

Self Produced
2019

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Freefall

Dreambox Media
2010

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Flight

From: Freefall
By Chuck Anderson

Eleanor Rigby / Norweigian Wood Medley

From: Angel Blue: A Tour of Jazz
By Chuck Anderson

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