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