The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #25: Chuck Findley

Episode #25 — Chuck Findley

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #25 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Chuck Findley, renowned studio and live musician.

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About Chuck Findley

Chuck FindleyChuck Findley’s career as a trumpet player is rivaled by few. With an astounding 580 credits to his name on discogs.com, Chuck has performed and recorded with artists including Buddy Rich, Al Jerreau, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Daft Punk. He has played on countless television and film scores and was a member of the Tonight Show band with Doc Severinsen and later when the show was hosted by Jay Leno. He has toured the world with many acts and continues to so to this day.

Chuck grew up in a musical family, his father and brother also musicians, and started playing the trumpet at the age of four. After high school growing up in Ohio, he won a scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Bernard Adelstein. Soon after he toured with Jimmy Dorsey and Buddy Rich’s big bands and settled in Los Angeles, California. Since then he has been a constantly in-demand trumpet player for studio sessions and live performances.

Chuck Findley Playing

Over his career, Chuck has been praised for his ability and musicality. Jerry Hey said of him, “Chuck Findley can play anything”, while Gary Grant attributes Chuck’s great ability as a lead player to his musicality as a soloist.

Chuck Findley plays on Van Laar trumpets and flugelhorns and has his own signature model which was developed to replace his Calicchio he played for many years.

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  • Rich Pulin

    I must have replaced the bass trombonist, Chuck, but I recall sharing that seat with you and also rooming together a couple of times, on JD band… a little surprised about your view on buzzing…I know that you know ‘Stamps’ buzzing exercise and Uan, employed it and Gary swears by it….I’d like to hear your slant on it again…