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Henderson, Chuck (Charles)

Henderson, Chuck (Charles), soprano saxophonist; b. Princeton, NJ, 12 December 1955. He started taking alto saxophone lessons in the fifth grade at the Cranbury Elementary School. After early experiences with school bands his teacher Edmond Wurpel encouraged him to study at the Berklee College of Music (1975). There he studied with Billy Pierce and Ray Copeland. After the money ran out he took a job as a copier tech (1978). Over the next five years he did just a little playing.

In 1982 he was invited to a jam session by Cedric Jensen (drummer) to play at the Nassau Inn in Princeton N.J. In 1983 he quit his job and decided "just to play music." In 1984 he switched over to soprano saxophone. It was then he gained experience in concert with Cecil Payne, Woddy Shaw, and Junior Cook.
In May of 1989 he came to Europe. He was brought to the stage by Billy Mitchell (May 25 & 26) in Frankfurt, Germany and told, "Play on, young man." On the gig were Red Holloway, Doug Lucas, Lou Blackbum, Red Richards, Red Callender, and Oliver Jackson. He also played with Ernie Wilkins in Copenhagen. He settled for 11 months and 11 days in Berlin. He did gigging with Reggie Moore, Ralph Van Duncan, Rudy Stevenson and Walter Norris.

In October 1990 he moved to Munich, and in 1991 at the fifth St. Ingbert Jazz fest he met the group Embryo with whom he spent the next eight years doing 1,920 concerts around Europe, Italy and Japan. Through this experience he discovered his fascination with Arabic and Indian (India) music this includes playing with Pandit Batacharya (sarod) India, Mustufa Rafat (nay) Egypt, Ramadan EI Coni (oud, perc) Egypt, Okay Temiz (perc) Turkey, Charlie Mariano (altosax) USA, Muhamad Mounier (nubiansinger) Egypt, Paramashiwam Pilai (tala) India, El Hussain Kili (gambri) Morroco and Wynton Marsalis.

He recorded with Mal Waldron in 1994. He has been lately seen on the set with Steve Reid, drums who he met on a Embryo-Mal Waldron concert 2001.He can also be heard on TV commercials and movie sondtracks. He is teaching privately and working on new projects. Since 1994 he lives with his wife Azra and dog Jacky in Munich, Germany.

D.J. 1inus: Who Stole The Soul; Ibn battuta; NiHau; Black Issues (1994)

Unissued recordins:
1991-2003 private recordings-l000 hrs.

Contact information:
www .chazra.com
0049-172-5353155 (mobile tel.)

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