Vocalist and Bandleader Chuck Wansley, for years known as 'The Wedding Singer’ in Los Angeles, is one of today’s premier jazz performers. A native New Yorker and lifelong musician, Chuck began his professional career at 18, touring worldwide as drummer/singer with the international youth group Up With People, promoting a global mission of peace through music, representing countries as ambassadors of goodwill.
Returning to NYC, Chuck pursued a solo career as singer, drummer and dancer collaborating with brilliant performance artists such as Tomek Lamprecht of Model Citizens fame, auditioning for Broadway shows, working studio sessions, backing up acts such as Martha Reeves and Mary Wells, Will Downing and Phyllis Hyman at great NY joints like The Bitter End, CBGB and Danceteria. He became a founding member of Warp-9, one of the first electro-hip hop bands of the 80’s and a huge dance club favorite, with sold-out performances at Bond International and the Palladium. Hits included Nunk, Beatwave, Light Years Away (all on Prism) and No Man Is An Island (Motown), all produced by Jellybean Benitez and written by NYC creatives Lottie Golden & Richard Scher.
Moving to Los Angeles Chuck established himself as a top vocalist on R&B sessions and club dates, filling rooms to capacity. After a chance meeting with a top L.A. agency Chuck’s sophistication and exceptional vocal styling landed him in the spotlight as the 'go-to guy' for high end weddings and corporate events, with a long list of celebrity fans and a band full of industry heavyweights including Reggie McBride, Mindy Abair and Eric Marienthal. With over 2,500 shows to his credit, he continues to lead this fantastic band, Chuck Wansley After Hours.
And after a lifetime in music honing his craft, in 2014 he launched Chuck Wansley & His Very Big Band, a fantastic swinging big band in the style of the old masters, but with a twist. His brand of neo-Big Band infuses the classics with a touch of soul, as he refurbishes the great American standards with the help of a hot roster of the best musicians in the country.
Possessing a voice of great agility, Chuck Wansley infuses his music with warmth and wit. He tours extensively throughout Europe and performs frequently in Japan. He has appeared in the U.S. at jazz festivals, top clubs and performing art centers. He also performs regularly in Europe, splitting his time between his home in Prague and the United States. He looks enthusiastically toward the future doing his part to preserve great jazz by holding university band clinics on Voice & Showmanship, sharing the values of dedication to your craft, perseverance in your dreams, and honoring great American music.