Jazz bassist Chuck Bergeron is a full time lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he is also the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Bergeron teaches jazz history, conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz and serves as the director of the highly respected South Florida Jazz Orchestra. He regularly hosts the weekly UM Bandstand radio show on WDNA 88.9 FM.
Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences. Bergeron’s newest album, My Take – A Collection of Friends and Standards, is his fifth as a leader. For the last five years he has been bassist and co-arranger for jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. Born and raised in New Orleans, Chuck Bergeron earned a B.M. from Loyola University and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He then moved to New York, where he resided for 12 years while touring, performing, and recording with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, Dave Weckl and many others—plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Never relinquishing his focus on performing, Chuck balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keep him active year-round.