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Playing Be-Bop

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Charlie Shoemake and Barry Harris discuss chord changes on the movie, "Bird".

Charlie with Barry Harris discussing chords for movie called Bird

Charlie Shoemake with composer David Raksin ("Laura") at a recording session of his music.

Charlie with David Raksin

Charlie Shoemake with George Shearing and Stix Hooper.

Charlie with George Shearing and Stix Hopper

Hank Jones and Charlie Shoemake.

Charlie with Hank Jones

Charlie Shoemake with Lennie Niehaus working on music for the movie "Bird".

Charlie with Lennie Hiehaus on the movie Bird

Bob Maize, Colin Bailey and Bud Shank in concert in Turlock, CA.

Maize, Bailey and Shank jam onstage

Charlie Shoemake with Nelson Riddle and George Shearing.

Charlie with Nelson Riddle and George Shearing

Charlie Shoemake recording with Phil Woods.

Charlie with Phil Woods

Charlie Shoemake with Phil Woods listening to Conte Candoli.

Charlie with Phil Woods and Conte Candoli

Peter Sprague, Dick Berk, Sandi Shoemake, Charlie Shoemake, Ted Nash, David Raksin, Mike Wofford and Andy Simpkins.

Peter Sprague, Dick Berk, Sandi Shoemake, Charlie Shoemake, Ted Nash, David Raksin, Mike Wofford and Andy Simpkins.

Tommy Flanagan with Sandi Shoemake.

Sandi with Tommy Flanagan

Sandi Shoemake hanging out with Charlie Shoemake, Phil Woods, Bill Holman and Arthur Hamilton.

Sandi and Charlie Shoemake, Phil Woods, Bill Holman and Arthur Hamilton

Paul Kreibich, Harold Land, Luther Hughes, Harold Land Jr. with Sandi and Charlie Shoemake after a Hamlet concert.

Paul Kreibich, Harold Land, Luther Hughes, Harold Land Jr. with Sandi and Charlie Shoemake

Sandi Shoemake with Bruce Forman, Bob Maize and Charlie Shoemake at The Hamlet.

Sandi Shoemake with Bruce Forman, Bob Maize and Charlie Shoemake

The George Shearing Quintet in Chicago, 1971.
Andy Simpkins, Harvey Mason, Ron Anthony, George Shearing and Charlie Shoemake.

Andy Simpkins, Harvey Mason, Ron Anthony, George Shearing and Charlie Shoemake

Charlie Shoemake with Bill Holman at a recording session, 1991.

Charlie Shoemake with Bill Holman

Charlie Shoemake with Joe Pass, Colin Bailey and Jim Hughart in 1967.

Charlie Shoemake with Joe Pass, Colin Bailey and Jim Hughart

Charlie Shoemake and Sandi Shoemake
quoteOriginally a pianist, Charlie Shoemake switched to the vibraphone in the early 60's (with encouragement from Victor Feldman) and put in seven years as a member of George Shearing's quintet. The Texas-born musician has spent much of his time since then teaching in Southern California and recording a series of little-known albums(all gems) for small labels that reveal him to be a remarkable bebop vibes stylist who's capable of negotiating complex tunes (many of his own composition) and breakneck tempos with consummate grace and intense swing. Wife Sandi, a first rate vocalist who specializes in ballads, usually appears with him on his albums and joins him in this rare Bay Area engagement…quoteSan Francisco Examiner


Charlie Shoemake with guitarist Bruce Forman at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, February 2004.

Charlie Shoemake with Joe Pass, Colin Bailey and Jim Hughart

Quartet of Charlie Shoemake, Bruce Forman, Luther Hughes and Paul Kreibich at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, February 2004.

Charlie Shoemake with Joe Pass, Colin Bailey and Jim Hughart

Sandi's "Sophisticated Lady" recording band appearing at the Vic in Santa Monica… Luther Hughes, Bruce Forman, Sandi, Terry Trotter, Charlie Shoemake, Paul Kreibich, Sam Most, and Andy Martin.

Charlie Shoemake with Joe Pass, Colin Bailey and Jim Hughart

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