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"