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For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione's love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage.
Chuck's years with the Jazz Brothers overlapped with his attending the Eastman School of Music and eventually resulted in his solo album debut. Chuck Mangione left home to play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.
Another important step in Mangione's career development was his return to the Eastman School of Music as director of the school's Jazz Ensemble. His "Friends & Love" concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded live and featured "Hill Where the Lord Hides". This led to a recording contract with a major label, Mercury records, and his first Grammy nomination.
Those early years with Mercury culminated in the title tune of one of his most popular albums, "Land of Make Believe," another Grammy nominee. Chuck Mangione then signed with A&M Records and delivered two extremely successful releases in one year, "Chase The Clouds Away," which was used as background music during the telecast of the 1976 Olympic Games; and "Bellavia" ("beautiful way"), named to honor his mother, which won Mangione his first Grammy award.
During the late 1970's, Chuck Mangione received more awards and accolades for his recordings. He reached new heights with his mega-hit single and album, "Feels So Good." The 1980 Mangione entry in Current Biography called "Feels So Good" the most recognized melody since the Beatles' "Michelle." The "Children of Sanchez" double-album soundtrack won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Award, then earned Chuck Mangione a second Grammy award.
In 1980 maximum impact was achieved in front of an "intimate" television of several hundred million when Chuck's "Give It All You Got" was heard around the world as the theme of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, which he performed live at the closing ceremonies.
Chuck Mangione was also busy with personal projects during the 1980's. He hosted an 8-hour concert featuring jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chick Corea, which benefited the Italian earthquake Relief Fund.
The '80's were exceptionally full years for Chuck. Having signed with Columbia Records he released several albums, including "Love Notes," "Journey To A Rainbow," "Disguise" and "Save Tonight For Me." Another highlight was working out with the New York Yankees at their spring training camp at the invitation of his friend and fan, George Steinbrenner. Chuck was often seen playing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium and All Star games in San Francisco and Chicago.
There was also "Salute to Chuck Mangione" a one-hour TV special hosted by Dick Clark, numerous performing and conducting dates with symphony orchestras across the country, plus television interviews on "The Tonight Show," "Larry King," "Soul Train," "Solid Gold" and many others.
In 1994 Chuck Mangione scheduled a whirlwind of activity that included recording sessions for two new
albums, a series of nightclub performances by himself and other jazz favorites which featured his "Cat in the Hat" matinees for kids (they continue to draw SRO audiences and raves from critics, parents and kids alike). Four major orchestra dates in upstate New York helped create an endowment fund in honor of his father, Papa Mangione, and musical father Dizzy Gillespie, for the Rochester School of the Arts.
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