As a bassist,
composer, and educator, Chuck Bergeron is one of the most active and
innovative musicians working in the field of Jazz today. His unique
compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide
variety of musical influences and confirm a deep commitment to the
rich polyrhythmic characteristics of his musical and cultural heritage
as a native of New Orleans and a seasoned professional from the New
York Jazz community.
Chuck is the
director of The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, the premier large Jazz
ensemble in Miami. Since its inception in 2006, The SFJO has
presented many great artists in concert over the past 4 years,
including Tom Scott, Jamie Davis, Wayne Bergeron, Mark O’Connor, and
debut recording on SUMMIT Records has achieved national acclaim and
received airplay at radio stations throughout the country.
released 5 CDs of his own music over the last 10 years, including his
latest release, My Take – A Collection of Friends and Standards,
and his compositions have earned him 4 ASCAP Writers Awards.
professional musician, Chuck spent seven years as bassist, arranger,
and musical director for Kevin Mahogany, and over the course of his
career has toured, performed, and recorded with a wide variety of Jazz
luminaries, from Stan Getz and Joe Williams to Elvis Costello, Arturo
Sandoval, Dave Grusin, Patti Austin, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie,
Rick Margitza, and Bob Moses.
As a faculty
member at The University of Miami, Chuck coordinates the small Jazz
ensemble program, conducts a big band, and teaches classes in both
Jazz and Rock History. As a traveling clinician, Chuck has conducted
clinics at schools across the country, most recently at the New York
City Jazz Festival, the
University Jazz Festival, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and as
guest artist for the Louisiana All-State Jazz Band Festival. He has
also served as a artist-in-residence for the TheloniousMonk Institute
and the Lionel Hampton Festival.