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Chuck Metcalf

Bassist-composer Chuck Metcalf's music-teacher parents started him on violin and piano in elementary school. To his mother's dismay, by age 12 he was playing boogie-woogie instead of Mozart, so by age 15 was encouraged to take up the bass. That year the first bebop records--and Charlie Parker particularly--captured his soul. Moving from Pasadena to Seattle to live with his father that year, he played bass in high-school until going away to college at the University of Washington where he found a thriving, informal jazz scene. That led to his doing gigs in the many clubs of the time as detailed in Paul deBarros' "Jackson Street After Hours"


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Legacy is a fleeting notion. It is incomprehensible in real time when a career hits high points, when certain doors open to quantitative opportunity. Jay Thomas can tell you a thing or two about that, based on his own personal experience as a jazz artist over half a century. His story includes playing on the Seattle ...


More Tributes to Chuck Metcalf

More Tributes to Chuck Metcalf

LARRY CORYELL: Chuck, along with Jerome Gray and Overton, was a primary mentor for me back in 1964-65. Because of his encouragement, I was able to have a career that has surpassed all expectations. After I'd been in New York for about, oh, 7-8 months, Chuck sent me an unsigned letter—it was long, and interesting. But ...


Chuck Metcalf

Chuck Metcalf

Former Seattle bassist, and inaugural Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, Chuck Metcalf, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Word came via email yesterday and the tributes have started pouring in. Jay Thomas: He was a very important guy on the scene going back to the late 40s and 50's... and during the ...


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