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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.

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