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Chuck Mangione

For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione’s love affair

with music has been characterized by his boundless energy,

unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from

the stage.

Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap,

in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he

played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to

as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave

Chuck an ‘updo’ horn just like his own.

Chuck’s years with the Jazz Brothers overlapped with his

attending the Eastman School of Music and eventually

resulted in his solo album debut. Chuck left home to

play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming

the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players

as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan

and Freddie Hubbard.

Another important step in Mangione’s career development was

his return to the Eastman School of Music as director of

the school’s Jazz Ensemble. His “Friends & Love” concert

with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded

live and featured “Hill Where the Lord Hides.” This led

to a recording contract with a major label, Mercury

records, and his first Grammy nomination.

Those early years with Mercury culminated in the title tune

of one of Mangione’s most popular albums. Land of Make Believe,

another Grammy nominee, Mangione then signed with A&M Records

and delivered two extremely successful releases in one year,

Chase The Clouds Away, which was used as background music

during the telecast of the 1976 Olympic Games; and Bellavia

(“beautiful way”), named to honor his mother, which won

Mangione his first Grammy award.

During the late 1970’s, Chuck received more awards and

accolades for his recordings. He reached new heights

with his mega-hit single and album, Feels So Good.

The 1980 Mangione entry in Current Biography called

“Feels So Good” the most recognized melody since the

Beatles’ “Michelle.” The Children of Sanchez

double-album soundtrack won the Hollywood Foreign

Press Association’s Golden Globe Award, then earned

Mangione a second Grammy award.

In 1980 maximum impact was achieved in front of an

“intimate” television of several hundred million when

Chuck’s “Give It All You Got” was heard around the

world as the theme of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid

which he performed live at the closing ceremonies.

Mangione was also busy with personal projects during

the 1980’s. He hosted an 8-hour concert featuring

jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea, which

benefited the Italian earthquake Relief Fund.

The ’80’s were exceptionally full years for Chuck. Having

signed with Columbia Records he released several albums,

including Love Notes, Journey To A Rainbow, Disguise,

and Save Tonight For Me. Another highlight was working out

with the New York Yankees at their spring training camp at

the invitation of his friend and fan, George Steinbrenner.

Chuck was often seen playing the National Anthem at Yankee

Stadium and All Star games in San Francisco and Chicago.

There was also “Salute to Chuck Mangione” a one-hour TV

special hosted by Dick Clark; numerous performing and

conducting dates with symphony orchestras across the

country, plus television interviews on The Tonight Show,

Larry King, Soul Train, Solid Gold, and many others.

In 1989, Chuck released two live albums, “The Boys From Rochester,”

featuring Steve Gadd, Gap Mangione, Joe Romano and frank Pullara,

plus a double album, Chuck Mangione Live at the Village Gate.

Following these releases, and more than 25 years of one-nighters

around the world, Chuck Mangione stopped playing.

Many people point to the death of Dizzy Gillespie as the event

that propelled Mangione back into music. In 1994 chuck scheduled

a whirlwind of activity that included recording sessions for two

new albums, a series of nightclub performances by himself and

other jazz favorites which featured his “Cat in the Hat” matinees

for kids (they continue to draw SRO audiences and raves from

critics, parents and kids alike). Four major orchestra dates

in upstate New York helped create an endowment fund in honor

of his father, Papa Mangione, and musical father Dizzy Gillespie,

for the Rochester School of the Arts.

Chuck is currently caricatured on the Fox TV hit show,

King Of The Hill.He is the celebrity spokesman for “Mega-lo-mart”

and scored the music for the 1998 Valentine’s Day episode.

When Chuck performed in Poland for the 1999 Film and Jazz Festival,

his composition “Children of Sanchez” brought the audience to its

feet. Unbeknownst to the composer, the piece had become somewhat

of an anthem during the struggle for democracy and many in the

audience were in tears, holding their hands over their hearts.

In the year 2000 Chuck made his first ever appearance in Korea to

SRO audiences where Feels So Good has been the top requested

instrumental hit for the past twenty years. He returned to Seoul

in 2001 and was performing there when 9/11 happened.

Chuck has recorded two albums for Chesky Records.

The Feelings Back & Everything For Love.

His 60th Birthday Bash Concert at the Eastman Theater in

Rochester New York raised over $50,000 for

St. John’s Nursing Home.

Recently Smooth Jazz stations throughout the U.S. recognized

Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good” as their all time #1 song.

Chuck received the Eastman School of Music Alumni Achievement Award in 2007

In 2009, Chuck was highlighted at the Smithsonian in an artifacts Donation Ceremony

and Onstage Discussion that pays homage to his illustrious career, artistry,

community service, and dedication to jazz education.

Chuck Mangione Inducted to Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

April 29, 2012

Jazz legend and Grammy Award winning composer/musician

Chuck Mangione was among the initial class of inductees

into the brand new Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Chuck’s induction took place at a star-studded event on

April 29th at the Eastman Theater, in Rochester, NY.

The appreciative crowd was on their feet for Chuck’s

performance, with brother Gap, of a medley of his

poplular hits.

Rochester Music