His father had often taken Chuck and his older brother Gap (a keyboardist) out to see jazz concerts and Dizzy Gillespie was a family friend. While Chuck studied at the Eastman School, the two Mangiones co-led a bop quintet called the Jazz Brothers that recorded several albums for Jazzland, often with Sal Nistico on tenor. Chuck Mangione played with the big bands of Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson (both in 1965) and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1965-67). In 1968, now sticking mostly to his soft-toned flugelhorn. Two members of Mangiones band sadly perished in the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident outside Buffalo, NY.
Coleman Mellett, 34, and Gerard "Gerry" Niewood, 64, was arriving for a Mangione date at Kleinhans Music Hall. Niewood was a Rochester native who at 14 played baritone saxophone on Mangione's first record, "Have I Told You So," reissued as "B'bye" on Mangione's "Children of Sanchez" album. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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