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Charles Chapman

It is with a feeling of great sadness and loss that I learned the news that jazz guitarist and educator Charles Chapman has passed away at his home in Maine after a long illness.

I was fortunate to know Charles and spend some time with him in Boston whenever I was playing concerts at Berklee School of Music where he was Professor of Guitar.

I was also able to invite him to play at my guitar festival in Scotland on three occasions where I had the real pleasure of introducing Charles and his wife Donna to the delights of Scottish beer. I also have fond memories of having to act as their official translator as they had great difficulty understanding the local Scottish dialect spoken in our village pub!

His beautifully gentle way of playing jazz standards was always a delight to behold, and he was a true gentleman who's modest manner endeared him to everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him.

In addition to his 31 years as a well respected professor at the world renowned Berklee College of Music, Charles’ impressive career spanned more than four decades of teaching, performing, writing and promoting the guitar and music education.

A versatile jazz guitarist with extensive performing and recording experience. Charles performed on both coasts of the U.S.A., and gained international recognition having performed at such notable events as the Django Reinhardt Festival in France, and Martin Taylor's Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in Scotland. He appeared in concert with such fellow luminaries as Kenny Burrell, Joe Negro, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola, John Pisano, Carol Kay and Jerry Jemmott.

As a recording artist, Charles performed four tunes on Mel Bay’s compilation CD ‘Anthology of Jazz Guitars Solos’; all nine solos on the CD that accompanies the text ‘Nine Solo Pieces by George Van Eps’ (Mel Bay Pub); two tunes on the ‘Just Jazz Guitar-Volume One’, produced by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine; all three CD’s included with ‘Modern for Method Guitar Series’ by William G. Leavitt-Berklee Press Publication.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.