Charles Frank Mangione, 29 November 1940, Rochester, New York, USA. Mangione began playing trumpet as a child, studying formally at the Eastman School of Music. He gained experience accompanying visiting jazzmen, then in 1960 went to New York where he formed a band with his brother, pianist Gaspare Gap Mangione. The band, the Jazz Brothers, remained in existence for five years, playing hard bop. In 1965, Mangione played in the trumpet sections of the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson bands and later that year he joined Art Blakey, with whom he remained until 1967. After leaving Blakey, Mangione taught at his old school and again formed his own small band. He began making albums with which he achieved considerable popular success. He had started to dabble on flügelhorn and eventually abandoned the trumpet altogether in favour of the more mellow-sounding instrument. Throughout the 70s and into later decades, Mangione continued to capitalize upon his...
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