This is a presentation of compelling and inspiring beautiful images from past performances...
To show a few of the venues and locations that Chuck has been
the compelling primary performer.
MOVIES, THEATER, ACTING - NYC
While under contract as an instructor at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, Chuck accepted an extra part in the movie, "The Color Purple". Inspired by the directions of Steven Spielberg, Chuck returned to New York and began studying acting with Eve Collyer.
His credits includes: performing at Lincoln Center on numerous occasions with his church choir and as a solo artist; the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens as a solo artist, The Henry Street Settlement Theatre, in the opera "II Pagliacci"; The Black Spectrum Theatre in "Five On The Black Hand Side" and several other Off-Broadway theatres, independent films, night clubs and television and more recently, TV movie "The Wire" in Baltimore.
CURRENT MUSIC VENUES - DC
Since relocating, to the Washington, DC area to be closer to his family, Chuck has performed at the Westminster Friday Night Jazz, the HR 57 Club, The Charter House, The East Coast Jazz Festival, the French Embassy, with Tamm E Hunt, the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Art Center in Baltimore, in the production of "Two Divas and a Gentleman", with Tamm E Hunt and Marianne Marteny-Katz; the African American Civil War Museum with Tamm E Hunt.
Chuck is currently appearing at ALMAZ Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge on Sunday's from 5: to 8:00pm.
Chuck will be performing in New York City at the TRIAD Theatre on West 72 nd Str., with Tamm E Hunt.
A two week vacation in Gallup, New Mexico landed his first solo gig at the El Corral Club on Route 66, for one week. His singing continued when he returned home, performing in clubs; but as a single parent, he chose not to accept the many offers to go on the road, and the first offer was from famous saxophonist, Earl Bostic. Chuck Holden and Baloti Lawrence formed Darlyn Productions, Inc., in New York, where Chuck was a partner and a song writer, working with such artist as Brook Benton, Odetta and Aretha Franklin as Production Stage Manager.
Chuck auditioned for the Jazz Mobile in New York City and was placed in the advanced jazz vocal department where he studied vocals with Myrna Lake and piano with Danny Mixon.
"Chuck is great - Chuck, I love this new CD. I just reviewed about 20 seconds of each song and now I am anxiously awaiting to get my own personal CD so we can enjoy it. A very good selections of tunes. Congratulations and the best of luck to you. Just continue to make the CD's and I'll continue to buy them. "
"First Tune - Congratulations! "First Tune" is beautiful, captivating, smooth, soothing and great music to relax to. It's that kind of music that puts you in a good place. I am loving it. Looking forward to more great music from Mr. Chuck Holden. Awesome!!!! "
"Each time that I listen to "First Tune", I like it even more than before. The vocals have the kind of crystal clear articulation and interpretation that is reminiscent of Nat King Cole. Likewise, the uniquely tasteful instrumentation and orchestration reminds one of the Cole Trio. The CD is refreshing.
Awards & Recognition
July 29th 2007 -- The City Council of Baltimore Resolution, in recognition of "Outstanding Contributions to the Proliferation of America's Jazz & Blues in Baltimore & Beyond". -- VIEW AWARD
July 29th 2007 -- Certificate of Recognition for "Outstanding Contributions and support to the Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund" by the Mayor Shelia Dixon. -- VIEW AWARD
July 20th 2007 -- Official Citation by Senator of the Sate of Maryland, Verona L. Jones, in recognition of "your contribution to the Eubie Blake Scholarship Fund". "You are truly a "Maryland Jazz Ambassador" -- VIEW AWARD
This is a presentation with beautiful background video and Chuck singing on the left.
Our future seed for a new jazz generation.