Chuck – piano
Joe Anderies – woodwinds
Paul Romaine – drums
Bijoux Barbosa – bass
“Chuck Lamb is an extremely creative, harmonically interesting, rhythmically exciting pianist and one of the best improvisers I’ve heard in recent times!” – Dave Brubeck, 2011
“In early 2014, I had the great pleasure of meeting, and working in Denver with amazing pianist Chuck Lamb. From the very first downbeat, it immediately was clear to me that he’s developed a unique approach, and has much talent not only for performing, but also as a composer.”
– Bennie Maupin (woodwinds, Herbie Hancock)
“A very proficient pianist and expert soloist. His original compositions are varied and exuberant. His work is exemplary.” – Downbeat
“Chuck Lamb brings the audience to a standing ovation with the performance of his original composition ‘Prime Directive.’ His performance ignited the other musicians in his group.”
– Chico CA Enterprise
“Lamb sweeps together a stunningly comprehensive approach to the piano. He can play with the elegance of Teddy Wilson and positively roar with the most leonine gestures. We joked after the concert, ‘So this is the man that plays the universe!’ …No exaggeration really, for his technique is enormous and his imagination seems to know no bounds!” – Birch Creek Performance Review
“Chuck Lamb carries on Dave Brubeck’s legacy with style and grace.” – Audiophile Review
“Chuck Lamb has certainly done his musical homework and brings his own creative and fresh ideas to the beauty of improvisation.” – Keyboard Magazine
Chuck Lamb, as a pianist and composer, has been with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for 14 years and has performed with the Quartet and/or his own groups at numerous renowned venues around the world, including…
Jazz At Lincoln Center, NYC
Newport Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
Detroit Jazz Festival
Montreal Jazz Festival
Blue Note, Tokyo
Singapore, with the Chinese National Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra
Dubrovnik Music Festival, Croatia
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Rochester Jazz Festival
Syracuse Jazz Festival
Yoshi’s, San Francisco/Oakland
Jazz Standard, NYC
St. Petersburg, France, Spain, Switzerland, Guatemala, Canada and more.
Earlier in his career, Chuck co-founded the jazz fusion group, “Dry Jack,” which Rolling Stone History of Music cited as one of the premiere, cutting edge fusion bands of the electric jazz movement. With Chuck’s original compositions, Dry Jack released two internationally acclaimed albums for the Inner City label and garnered global acclaim. The group shared the stage with many musical greats, including Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner.
In more recent collaborations, Chuck has released a number of highly acclaimed CDS and has played with many renowned artists, including Dave Brubeck, Bela Fleck, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, “Cream” drummer Ginger Baker, Bennie Maupin (Herbie Hancock), Peter Frampton, David Benoit, Kenwood Dennard, Richie Cole, Larry Coryell, Terell Stafford, Ernie Watts and principal members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and Albany Symphony.
Chuck has also written or co-written a number of commissioned musical works for film, television, dance, fashion and theater, including:
• “Yangsi” for Crestone Films, Crestone, CO
• “Bodhisattva” for Crestone Films, Crestone, CO
• Electric City Couture Fashion Show 2015: The Makers Movement in America, Saratoga Springs, NY (performed with Petia Kassarova, cellist with Grammy-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra)
• “Seasons” for Nacre Dance Company, Saratoga Springs, NY (written & performed with Warner/Chappell composer/vocalist Ria Curley)
On a personal note, Chuck had the honor of becoming good friends with Dave Brubeck and Chuck’s CD tribute to Dave (“Lambinizations II: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck”) brought enthusiastic accolades from the maestro (see quote above).
In addition to being a professional touring musician and prolific composer, Chuck is also an accomplished and creative music educator. He has taught workshops and clinics across the United States, as well as in Japan, Singapore and Russia, where he taught a class in composition and improvisation to students from ages 6-70 and enjoyed the novel experience of doing the entire class via the assistance of a Russian translator.
Chuck’s upcoming CD, with the Chuck Lamb JazzFusion Quintet, is titled “North By Northeast” and features his original “acoustic fusion” compositions.