We are pleased to announce the release of the latest album by Chuck Israels titled “Garden of Delights”. The album is the third release by Israels with his new band the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra.
Recently retired from directing the jazz studies program at Western Washington University, Chuck moved to Portland, Oregon to work in its vibrant jazz community and participate in his favorite Northwest city’s cultural life.
The Chuck Israels Orchestra was founded in 2011 to showcase some of the best jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in the Northwest playing finely crafted and demanding arrangements of the most exciting and durable music we know. The band has played at such international events as the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Garden of delights was released earlier this month gaining critical acclaim. In a 4 star review in Downbeat Magazine Kirk Silsbee, stated
“There are so many elements at work on this album. They mesh so well that serious listener can hear this as the culmination of Israel’s life in music.”
During his distinguished career Chuck has built a strong discography both as a leader and sideman including; “Coltrane Time”, with John Coltrane; “My Point of View”, with Herbie Hancock; “Getz au Go-Go”, with Stan Getz; and many recordings with the Bill Evans Trio, including “The Town Hall Concert”; “The Second Trio”; “Trio ’65; Live at the Trident”; “Time Remembered”; and “Live at Shelley’s Manne Hole.”