Earlier in his career, Chuck co-founded the jazz fusion group, “Dry Jack,” which Rolling Stone History of Music cited as one of the premiere, cutting edge fusion bands of the electric jazz movement. With Chuck’s original compositions, Dry Jack released two internationally acclaimed albums for the Inner City label and garnered global acclaim. The group shared the stage with many musical greats, including Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner.
In more recent collaborations, Chuck has released a number of highly acclaimed CDS and has played with many renowned artists, including Dave Brubeck, Bela Fleck, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, “Cream” drummer Ginger Baker, Bennie Maupin (Herbie Hancock), Peter Frampton, David Benoit, Kenwood Dennard, Richie Cole, Larry Coryell, Terell Stafford, Ernie Watts and principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and Albany Symphony.
Chuck has also written or co-written a number of commissioned musical works for film, television, dance, fashion and theater, including:
“Yangsi” for Crestone Films, Crestone, CO
“Bodhisattva” for Crestone Films, Crestone, CO
Electric City Couture Fashion Show 2015: The Makers Movement in America, Saratoga Springs, NY (performed with Petia Kassarova, cellist with Grammy-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra)
“Seasons” for Nacre Dance Company, Saratoga Springs, NY (written & performed with Warner/Chappell composer/vocalist Ria Curley)
On a personal note, Chuck had the honor of becoming good friends with Dave Brubeck and Chuck’s CD tribute to Dave (“Lambinizations II: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck”) brought enthusiastic accolades from the maestro (see quote above).
In addition to being a professional touring musician and prolific composer, Chuck is also an accomplished and creative music educator. He has taught workshops and clinics across the United States, as well as in Japan, Singapore and Russia, where he taught a class in composition and improvisation to students from ages 6-70 and enjoyed the novel experience of doing the entire class via the assistance of a Russian translator.
Chico Freeman In ConcertCNY Jazz Central
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
I Am Them Records
North by Northeast