One of Denmark’s finest professional jazz ensembles, the Aarhus (formerly Kluvers) Jazz Orchestra, led by Artistic Director, Lars Moeller, has engaged Chuck as guest conductor, composer/arranger in a Feb. 2015 program that also features the ensemble’s incredibly talented tenor saxophonist /composer, Michael Bladt. Chuck is currently crafting several new arrangements of Michael’s inventive and engaging compositions that will be premiered alongside some of Chuck’s original big band works during this concert series.
The Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic under the direction of Justin DiCioccio will perform the River Runs concerto in its entirety! Featured guest soloists are: Donny McCaslin (Sx), Jack Wilkins (Gtr), and Sarah Caswell (Vln)!!
Chuck was honored with USF’s “Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award” in a luncheon on Oct. 27th.
Reprising last year’s successful mini-tour surrounding the release of “River Runs”, Chuck is, once again, offering lectures and workshops at several Universities. Several spring 2015 dates are also in the works.
Oct. 14 – Univ. of Florida
Oct. 15 – Columbus State Univ.
Oct. 15 – Kennesaw State Univ.
Oct. 21, 22 – Coast Carolina University
Nov. 5 – Univ. of Connecticut
Nov. 6 – Manhattan School of Music
Chuck was honored with two nominations in this year’s GRAMMY Awards.
“Bound Away” (Mvmt. I) was nominated as “Best Instrumental Composition” while “A Ridge Away” (Mvmt. IV) was nominated in the category of “Best Instrumental Arrangement”. The list of those joining Chuck as nominees in the above categories is quite awe-inspiring – literally a “Who’s Who” of jazz composers: Gordon Goodwin, the late Clare Fischer, Vince Mendoza, Scott Healy, Kim Richmond, Nan Schwartz, and Gil Goldstein. The GRAMMY Awards will be given out in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.