born in 1954
Chuck Deardorf, (born 1954) is an American musician, best known for playing double bass and bass guitar with numerous internationally noted jazz musicians. As a first-call bassist in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 25 years, Chuck Deardorf has recorded and performed with some of the Jazz worlds brightest luminaries including Kenny Barron, Larry Coryell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bud Shank, Chet Baker, Joe Williams, Zoot Sims, Mel Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, Abbey Lincoln, Howard Roberts, George Cables, Winard Harper, Charlie Byrd, and vocalists Kurt Elling, Ernestine Anderson and Kelly Harland. Deardorf has performed at music festivals and clubs throughout the Northwest as well as in Los Angeles, New York City, Australia, Canada and Japan, and in numerous theater and symphony productions.
Deardorf is a professor and head of the jazz faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and serves on the faculty of the Centrum Jazz Workshop, held annually in the San Juan Islands. He also performs regularly with respected Brazilian composer and pianist, Jovino Santos-Neto and the Deardorf/Peterson Group.
Deardorf is known for his prodigious skills on upright as well as fretless and fretted electric basses.
Deardorf is married to singer and author Kelly Harland.
- For bassist Deardorf, a musical and personal "Portal", The Seattle Times, July 16, 2004. URL accessed on 2009-03-30.
- De Barros, Paul, City Of Jazz -- It May Be Lite, Hard, Retro Or Ultra-Hip, And It's Alive And Swinging In Seattle, The Seattle Times, October 16, 1994 (correction to name published October 30, 1994). URL accessed on 2009-03-30.
- SeattleNoise: Kelly Harland, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 15, 2008. URL accessed on 2009-03-30.