Bassist Chuck Bergeron, M.M. ’93, is assistant professor and program director for jazz pedagogy at the Frost School of Music, where he also heads the jazz bass studio, teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron is also an active clinician at schools throughout America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, Bergeron’s compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences.
In addition to releasing five albums of original music for small jazz ensembles, Bergeron is the director of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, a big band comprised of top professional musicians in Miami. Born and raised in New Orleans, Bergeron has toured, performed, and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, Dave Grusin, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Kevin Mahogany, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. Bergeron balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keeps him active throughout the year.