Chuck Anderson
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"Jimmy Bruno and Chuck Anderson in concert at Roller's in Chestnut Hill PA on April 9th, 2011"
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Jimmy Bruno and Chuck Anderson

Some candid shots of Jimmy and I working on our new CD "Images for Two Jazz Guitars" "There Will Never Be Another You" in the background - not from the new CD.
Sep 25, 2010

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Where are you located?
Lafayette Hill, PA USA
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Author, Jazz Historian
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a Jazz Guitarist with an extensive background in music education. I've recorded 10 CDs, a DVD and written 15 books on music and guitar. I am a contributing writer for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. I specialize in Trio concert work, feature original compositions and conduct master classes and clinics internationally.
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Happy New Year to you and yours!

I don't know if there's a spot on my page or on the site for this or whether you think the membership would be interested but I thought that I would include it for your consideration. Thanks Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson started his concert jazz guitar career in 1973 when he formed the Chuck Anderson Trio with Al Stauffer on Bass and Ray Deeley on drums.

Their first album, "Mirror within a Mirror", received critical acclaim and was the springboard for a busy concert schedule. The Trio's music featured Chuck's original writing as well as uniquely arranged jazz classics.

The group's forte was a tremendous interaction and internal dialogue. Improvisation was at the heart of every performance.

Two events would reshape Chuck's career. The first was the theft of his Gibson L5 guitar. That instrument had played an important role in the development of Anderson's technique and unique style. It was the one that had carried him through his studies with Dennis Sandole, noted Philadelphia jazz teacher.

Without his favorite guitar, Chuck found it difficult to perform. Though he tried others, he was never able to recapture the magic of that first guitar.

Chuck turned to composition. He was totally absorbed in his writing for the next twenty odd years. This ultimately was a major factor in differentiating Anderson from other concert jazz guitarists.

One of America's greatest luthiers, Eric Schulte had taken care of Chuck's L5 since he first purchased it at the age of 19. He approached Chuck and asked why he was no longer giving concerts? Of course, he already knew but he had something in mind. He said, "Look I'll make you a deal. I know your L5 better than anyone. If you'll agree to go back and give concerts, I'll recreate your guitar". Chuck could hardly pass that up and agreed on the spot.

Months passed and the new guitar emerged. With guitar in hand, Chuck began to prepare for hi s return to the concert world.

After a while, it became apparent that his former energy wasn't there. He thought that it was age or lethargy or ... something.

Without realizing it, Chuck had been suffering for a long time with a severe condition of Sleep Apnea. He was literally walking and working asleep. This particular problem was robbing him not only of energy but also of oxygen. The sleep therapy began and the energy and enthusiasm of his early jazz days returned!

With his customized Gibson L5 guitar and armed with this reborn energy, Chuck is now reclaiming his position as one of the outstanding jazz guitarists in the world today.

His CD "Vintage Tracks" has been digitally re-mastered and re-released. There is a new DVD ready for the market called "The Chuck Anderson Trio - Live!" He has recently appeared at the 2008 Media Jazz by Night Festival and will be performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Monday, February 9th at 8:00 PM.

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The Shifting Music Business

Posted on August 8, 2010 at 9:06pm 0 Comments

What is becoming increasingly obvious to me is that the public is becoming more fascinated with the process of creating music than with the music itself. This is good and bad. On the one hand, it encourages the creators of music to share their process which has always been intensely private. On the other hand, it shows us that we have to develop a more personal bond with the supporters of music ie the fans. The fan based model is dominating the marketing and the development of our strategies.… Continue

New York Times Jazz Critic Ben Ratliff

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 11:17pm 0 Comments

This is a copy of an E mail that I sent to Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for The New York Times. It's in response to a question concerning the market for jazz.


I am a veteran jazz guitarist, born in Chicago but based in suburban Philadelphia.

I appreciate how you handle sensitive topics related to the Art of Jazz.

Being in this business for a long time as a musician, educator, author and lecturer, I have a somewhat different take on the subject of… Continue

Music as a Business

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 10:21pm 0 Comments

As you develop your career in music, remember it is a business! No, business is not a dirty word nor will it ruin your creativity. It will allow you to make your living in music. Not a day job with some music on the side but a real job with real income. You should be able to buy a house, a car, have a family. etc Your friends and relatives may even stop asking you "when are you going to get a real job"? Some people never stop asking but you won't mind anymore because you're a music… Continue

Whatever Happened to the Music Business

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

By the music business, I don't mean the recording or the performing artists. My reference is to the business machinery that is supposed to drive the music industry.

Musicians and entertainers are not supposed to chase club managers around, negotiate contracts or even collect the money. They should be spending all their time developing and polishing their skills as performers. Yet, the majority of up and coming artists spend the majority of their time spinning their wheels in the… Continue

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At 3:08am on September 22, 2010, Mike Johnson said…
Love the new duet...keep the passion flowing!
At 8:38pm on July 15, 2010, Mike Johnson said… the new Cd release and updated site! Keep the momentum are Gifted!
At 7:23pm on July 26, 2009, Mike Johnson said…
Chuck...I very much enjoyed checking you out on JNW and your personal page! I enjoy your free and "intense" style...never stop and keep the creative juices flowing! Hope you have a chance to check out my webpage http://www.mikejohnsonsplacecom
At 1:31pm on March 27, 2009, Kennard Williams said…
It's a Pleasure to meet you Chuck. Great listening!

Best Wishes,

At 9:30pm on January 14, 2009, JazzHip said…
Great Stuff!
At 11:42pm on January 3, 2009, exe*Cute* said…
Hello Chuck ...
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!

You surely will be a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...

Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to Join, and share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
Happy Listening;
And if You wish --- would really be nice, if you could come and see us at our new Chat-Room here --->
Happy Chatting !!
At 5:43pm on January 2, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Chuck,
Thank you for joining the Jazz Network!
Have a Prosperous New Year!
At 10:37pm on January 1, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hi Chuck, welcome to The Jazz Network! Got your message...I see you got your videos up fine. Now for music you click on +ADD MUSIC on the left side of your page, load up only mp3's up to 100 of them! Then once you do that, identify your songs, etc. make sure within the music player to hit EDIT, click autoplay and the SAVE. This way your music will start when your page opens. Anywhere on your page where it says ADD A BlOG, give you license to open one up, or Add a group, you can open up a group of your choice making sure you insert a picture to identify the description of your group. Hope that helps. Be sure to start a forum discussion too, you'll see that on your page ADD A FORUM. If you need further help, let me know. Have fun networking.



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