Charles Chapman, Berklee Jazz Guitar Professor, Dead at 60

Chapman played with Kenny Burrell, Frank Vignola, others

Charles H. Chapman, 60, a longtime professor of guitar at the Berklee College of Music, passed away July 15, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, due to a brain tumor.

Chapman’s career spanned nearly four decades. He was known as an old school jazz player, sharing the stage at guitar festivals with luminaries such as Martin Taylor, Kenny Burrell, Joe Negri, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden, Jack Wilkins and John Pisano.

As an author, he wrote nine books on guitar technique, and as a music journalist, penned more than 500 articles for music publications including Downbeat, Just Jazz Guitar, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Gallery and Guitar Shop. He was the recipient of numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in Scotland.

Jeff Tamarkin

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.