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For Immediate Release: Aug. 19, 2003

Chuck Mangione Brings on the Jazz

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Chuck Mangione is recognized by one generation as the horn player whose song "Feels So Good," in 1977 put an instrumental jazz tune at the top of the Billboard charts.  Another generation knows Mangione as the Mega-Lo-Mart spokesperson from the television show "King of the Hill."  Regardless of how fans know him, Mangione's many talents will shine at the Brookhaven College Performance Hall, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

Considered an icon in the world of jazz, Chuck Mangione stepped back from recording and touring in 1989.  With his first album release in a decade, "The Feeling is Back," in 1998, Mangione returned to the world of jazz music.  With 20 weeks on the Billboard charts, the album proved he still had the talents that had brought him success with his fans and acclaim from his contemporaries.

First drawing recognition for his work with his brother, Gap, as part of the Jazz Brothers, Mangione simultaneously attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  He went on to play with Art Blakely and the Jazz Messengers before returning to Eastman as director of its Jazz Ensemble.  It was during this time he worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and drew the attention of Mercury Records, where his debut major-label album earned him a Grammy nomination in 1970.  With his career now spanning 40 years, Mangione has more than two dozen albums to his credit.

Chuck Mangione is both a Grammy winner, for his album Bellavia as well as the soundtrack Children of Sanchez, and an Emmy winner for his theme for the 1980 Winter Olympics, "Give It All You Got."  For four decades, Mangione's boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy have characterized his love affair with music and the resulting admiration of his audience.

Known in the music world as "the man in the hat" for his trademark fedora, Mangione is reaching out to children with his acclaimed "Cat in the Hat" programs for music education.

Tickets for the Brookhaven College concert are $25 for floor and $20 for balcony, and will go on sale at Aug. 25 at 1 p.m.  Senior adult and student rates are available.  Call the Brookhaven College Box Office at 972-860-4118, or e-mail for more information.

Various events are offered by the Center For the Arts at Brookhaven College throughout the year.  The Brookhaven College Center For the Arts is funded in part by a major grant from the City of Farmers Branch, and grants from the Town of Addison, and the City of Carrollton.  Brookhaven College is located in the city of Farmers Branch, just north of the LBJ Freeway (IH-635) at 3939 Valley View Lane between Midway Road and Marsh Lane.


Editor's note:  for photo opportunities and media support, please contact Meridith Danforth, public information coordinator, 972-860-4823, or the Brookhaven College Public Information Office, 972-860-4827.

Brookhaven College is one of the seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.  Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.


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Last Updated:  Aug., 2003