CHUCK MANGIONE (flugelhornist ,trumpeter, pianist, arranger, composer, bandleader) was born April 29, 1940 in Rochester, New York. Perhaps best known for his jazz-pop 1977 hit “Feels So Good”, Mangione, who considers Dizzy Gillespie his “musical father”, first drew acclaim with his brother Gap in the early 60s and their “Jazz Brothers” band which produced three seminal albums. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mangione joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers - following in the footsteps of Clifford Brown ,Kenny Dorham and Freddie Hubbard. Mangione returned to Eastman as director of their jazz ensemble and his live recording of the “Friends and Love” concert earned his first Grammy nomination. A respected educator and philanthropist as well as a highly successful performing and recording artist, Mangione composed themes for the 1976 summer and 1980 winter Olympics.