Charles Bubeck has been performing and recording with his own jazz group since 1989. Performance highlights include: Blues Alley in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Willow Jazz Club in Boston MA, the Zeitgeist Gallery in Boston MA, Harry’s in Rochester NY, The Alexandria Jazz festival in Alexandria, VA, and The Reston Jazz Festival in Reston, VA. Charles and his quartet currently perform regularly at The Ice House Café in Herndon, Va. See their website at www.icehousecafe.com for upcoming performance dates. He also appears regularly with the Kevin Cordt Quartet at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill. www.mrhenry’sdc.com
As a leader, Charles Bubeck released his first CD “Someone’s Got My Voodoo Doll” in 1993, followed by “The Ventilator” in 1996, and “Without Measure” in 1999. All three of these recordings exclusively feature the original compositions of Charles Bubeck. In 2008 Charles and his old college roommate Daniel Ian Smith released a joint ”Quintet” project in 2008 on the Big and Phat Jazz label out of Boston. All of these recordings were met with critical success, positive reviews in the press, and featured radio play throughout the United States and Europe.
Charles is in demand as a freelance performer, writer and recording artist. He has performed with many area bands in the Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC area: The Black Sombrero Brass Band, The Eric Felton Orchestra, The Kevin Cordt Quartet, The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, The Mykle Lyons Quartet, Positive Rhythmic Forces, Mark Harvey’s Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and the Halley Shoenberg Group. Charles wrote all of the big band arrangements for George Carroll’s 1996 Cherry Street Records release “Moments of Love.” In 2002 he performed on Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer’s Grammy nominated recording “Pocket Full of Stardust” from Rounder Records. He appears on Dave Mosick’s 2004 release “Duologues,” the 2008 Black Sombrero Brass release “Tijuana Road Trip,” Taimoor Saeedi’s 2009 recording “Eastern Sweet,” the ISB Sessions 2013 recording “Dear Madeleine,” and Halley Shoenberg’s 2014 recording “Private Concert.”
Charles continues to keep busy as an educator and clinician. He has presented numerous clinics and workshops on jazz improvisation and vibraphone technique at James Madison University, Boston University, George Mason University and numerous secondary schools. Charles directed the award winning W.T. Woodson High School Jazz Ensemble from 1999 – 2014, including performances in Chicago, New York, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. While directing the band Charles composed and arranged numerous pieces for the band, some of which were published by William Allen Music. Charles continues to teach private music lessons, both classical and jazz, out of his home music studio.
Charles has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s Degree in percussion performance from Ithaca College. He studied Composition and improvisation with Jimmy Guiffre, John McNeil, George Garzone and George Russell. Charles has also studied with Gordon Stout, Bill Molenhof and Steve Brown.
Whenever he is not performing, teaching or practicing Charles spends as much time as he can with his wife Linda, and two daughters Emily and Claire.