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
Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap,
in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he
played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to
as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave
Chuck an ‘updo’ horn just like his own.
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 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 Mangione’s most popular albums. Land of Make Believe,
another Grammy nominee, 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 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
Mangione a second Grammy award.
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