The Charles Ruggiero Quartet
“Charles Ruggiero was born to be a drummer. The son of world renowned jazz musician Vinnie Ruggiero, Charles spent his early years surrounded by the "who's who" of Jazz. There was always music around, and with musicians like Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and Jon Hendricks coming to spend time and play, it was only a matter of time before he caught the bug and asked his father to play the "bang-bangs". Since then he’s gone into play/record with Peter Bernstein, Jane Monheit, Ryan Kisor, Brad Mehldau, Myron Walden, Chris Potter, Larry Goldings, Eric Reed, Bob Sheppard, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Jeremy Manasia, Dennis Hamm, Bob Reynolds, Duchess, Doug Webb, and 80's icon Molly Ringwald to name a few!
Charles made the list of top 100 Jazz Albums of 2015 with his debut "Boom Bang, Boom Bang!", a tribute to the jazz of the 70's. He followed that up with the release of his sophomore effort, "As Heard On TV" a collection of television themes arranged for jazz trio, quartet, and quintet (which reached #12 on the Jazz Charts). His Third Record, "Charles Ruggiero Meets Laura Mace" released in 2016, met widespread acclaim, and went on to outsell the first two records (despite not having a radio campaign!)
The spring of 2019 will see the release of two Ruggiero co-lead projects. The Ruggiero/Frank Basile Octet playing the music of Slide Hampton - featuring Slide Hampton! And the Ruggiero/Hilary Gardner play the music of The Bird and The Bee. Stay tuned!”
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