Prior to arriving in Chicago, Chuck toured as the lead player with Ray Charles, Mel Torme and the Woody Herman Orchestra. Since 1992 he has been an active freelance player at area theaters, performing with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder to Tony Bennett, Marie Osmond to Aretha Franklin, the Illinois Philharmonic to the New York Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He enjoyed a seven year association with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, led by the late Bill Russo, playing either the lead trumpet or the Cat Anderson/Maynard Ferguson books. In addition to performing, he is active as a teacher and clinician, currently on staff as trumpet instructor at Glenbrook South High School, the 2008 National Grammy Signature School Gold Medal Winner, and several inner city schools. Chuck recently was on a panel with Marcus Belgrave, Dr. Mabel Johns, Stanley Crouch and others at the Genius Without Borders: A Symposium in Honor of the Genius of Ray Charles held at The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College. He  has a Masters in Jazz Trumpet Performance from DePaul University and was recently named co-lead trumpet player with the legendary rock band Chase.

Name: Chuck Parrish

Instruments: Trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet



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