CHUCK LAMB: Pianist/Composer/Percussionist/Music Educator/Amateur Astronomer
“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
Chuck has been the pianist for the ‘Brubeck Brothers Quartet’ for over a decade and has played all over the world. They have released 2 esteemed recordings, ‘Classified’ and ‘Lifetimes,’ to which Chuck has contributed many of his original compositions.
He has performed with The Quartet at the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. His music travels have brought Chuck and The Quartet to Russia, performing with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as concerts in Spain, Japan, Croatia, Belgrade, France, Switzerland, Guatemala, and Canada.
On these travels Chuck has brought his unique teaching of improvisation which blends all styles of music into one happy family and received a standing ovation for his master class in Moscow via a translator.
Chuck had the honor of becoming good friends with Dave Brubeck, and they would listen to music together like two kids in a candy store. He also has played in concert with Dave with 2 pianos many times and recorded the PBS special ‘Sierra Nevada Presents.’
Chuck’s most recent release ‘A Tribute to Dave Brubeck’ brought enthusiastic accolades from the maestro. (See review above.)
The Quartet will be playing at Lincoln Center in April 2014 in ‘A Tribute to Dave Brubeck,’ and the summer of 2014 brings them to Singapore to perform with the Chinese National Orchestra.
Chuck has played music with everyone from Bela Fleck, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Dave Holland, ‘Cream’ drummer Ginger Baker, Bennie Maupin (woodwind player with Herbie Hancocks ‘Head Hunters’ group), Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, the Detroit Symphony, the Utah Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart), Larry Coryell, and Ernie Watts.
“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. Nothing could have been better than to meet an original thinking musician with such a sensitive touch and bright life condition. It’s creative musicians of Chuck’s caliber, who keep improvised music alive with fresh ideas and exciting new concepts. You’ll certainly hear more from my new friend. Chuck Lamb. Stay tuned…” – Bennie Maupin
“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.” – Audiophille Review
“Chuck Lamb has certainly done his musical homework and brings his own creative and fresh ideas to the beauty of improvisation.” – Keyboard Magazine