Class of 1982
A child prodigy, Charlie has shared the stage with such luminaries as Woody Herman, Freddie Green, Stan Mark, Kirk Whalum, Larry Coryell, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Barbra Streisand, The Jazz Connection, Tony Bennett, Ira Sullivan, James Simmons, Ari Brown, Junko Onishi, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and David Holcombe. His blues playing credits include sharing the stage with Joe "Guitar" Hughes and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
He studied with and became the protege of jazz drumming legend Ray Bauduc. Charlie later studied with classical percussionist Tim Tull and went on to finish First Place in the regional Slingerland/Louie Bellson National Drum Contest. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Charlie has also taken master classes with Ed Soph, Louie Bellson, Donny Osborne, Joe Morello, and Ed Shaughnessy.
An inventive, highly skilled, and versatile performer, Charlie is comfortable in everything from trio and small group settings to big band ensembles. He's known for sophisticated rhythms, distinctive accompaniment, and powerful solos.
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