Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione


11/29/1940, Rochester New York

Birth Name

Chuck Frank Mangione


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Cuck is an American flugelhorn player and composer who achieved international success with his jazz-pop single, "Feels So Good" (1978) featuring guitarist Grant Geissman. Mangione has released more than 30 albums since 1960.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chuck is married to Judi Mangione. The couple have two daughters together.

    • Chuck's quartet got its start in 1969 by playing in a Rochester singles bar.

    • At the end of 1965, Chuck's dream came true. While still in New York City, he was offered the trumpet spot with his "boyhood idol," drummer Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

    • In 1965 Chuck decided to move to New York City and freelance, "just to see what could happen".

    • After graduation, Chuck taught music for a year in Rochester. When his group 'Outsiders' collapsed, he returned to teaching at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester.

    • From 1958 to 1963, Chuck attended the Eastman School of Music and received a Bachelor of Music degree.

    • In 1962, Chuck cut an album on his own, Recuerdo, for Jazzland Records.

    • Chuck and pianist Gap formed a quintet known as the Jazz Brothers in 1958, Chuck's senior year in high school. The Jazz Brothers stayed together until 1964, playing "neo-bebop," according to Gap.

    • By the time Chuck reached high school, he was continuing his studies of trumpet and music theory at the Preparatory Department of the Eastman School of Music, and he and Gap were starting to play professionally.

    • When Chuck was only 15 years old, Dizzy Gillespie was so impressed with his playing that he gave him one of his upswept horns.

    • One of Chuck's favorite stories tells of a time when he telephoned home saying, "Mom, I'm bringing home 35 orchestra players for dinner in ten minutes." "Fine," she replied, and when they arrived dinner was ready!

    • A list of those who dined and played in the Mangione living room reads like a who's who of jazz in the fifties: Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Kai Winding, Jimmy Cobb, Sam Jones, Junior Mance, Cannonball Adderley, Ronnie Zito, and Ron Carter. During these weekly (and sometimes nightly) sessions, Chuck's mother would cook for all.

    • Chuck's dad would take him to many concerts at local clubs when he was growing up.

    • Chuck dedicated the album Bellavia to his parents.

    • Chuck has said that during his early years, a major influence on his life and music was the love and warmth of his parents, who were totally committed to their children.

    • Chuck's formal introduction to music began with piano lessons at age eight. Two years later he began trumpet lessons.

    • The first episode of King of the Hill featuring Chuck Mangione originally aired on Valentine's Day 1998. The episode featured an original score specifically recorded for the occasion.

    • Chuck has a recurring role on the animated television series on Fox called King of the Hill, portraying himself as a celebrity spokesman for Mega Lo Mart.

    • Chuck raised over $50,000 for St. John's Nursing Home at his 60th Birthday Bash Concert, held at Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York.

    • A number of jazz stations throughout the United States have recognized Chuck's Feels So Good as their all-time number one song.

    • Chuck's Give It All You Got was the theme to the Winter Olympic Games of 1980, held in Lake Placid, New York. Previously, his piece, Chase the Clouds Away, was used in the 1976 Olympic Games.

    • Chuck's quartet with saxophonist Gerry Niewood was a popular concert and recording act during the early 1970s.

    • Chuck served as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 until 1972.

    • In 1963 Chuck joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for which he filled the trumpet seat, previously held by greats such as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, and Lee Morgan.

    • Chuck attended the Eastman School of Music from 1958 to 1963.

    • Chuck has released more than 30 albums from the early 1960s to today.

    • Chuck has released many albums, including:
      2000: The Feelling's Back
      1994: Together Forever
      1994: The Hat's Back
      1989: The Boys From Rochester
      1981: Tarantella
      1978: Children Of Sanchez
      1977: Feel So Good
      1976: Bellavia
      1975: Chase The Clouds Away
      1975: Encore
      1973: Land Of Make Believe
      1971: The Chuck Mangione Quartet
      1962: Recuerdo
      1961: Hey Baby

  • Quotes

  • The man has been in my life since 1979, He is One of the all time greats.

    The year was 1979 , I had a music teacher that gave you a little bit of everything.The gutair, drums , piano then he introduced us to Chuck Mangione. My life changed for ever at that point.He played , for all of us the song FEEL SO GOOD.I looked for that album, until I found it. I have had that album on record, tape and now on cd.I have most of his music , and have always wanted to see him in concert. I hope that day comes soon, it would be a great thrill.I want to thank my music teacher , you have giving me a great gift.moreless