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Name: Chuck Mangione                                                               
Birth name: Charles Frank Mangione                                                 
Born: 29 November 1940 Rochester, New York, U.S.                                   
Charles Frank "Chuck" Mangione (born November 29, 1940) is an American             
flugelhorn player and composer who achieved international success with his jazz-pop
single, "Feels So Good" (1978) featuring guitarist Grant Geissman. Mangione has   
released more than 30 albums since 1960.                                           
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Mangione and his pianist brother Gap led   
the Jazz Brothers group which recorded three albums for Riverside Records. He     
attended the Eastman School of Music from 1958 to 1963, and afterwards joined     
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for which he filled the trumpet seat, previously     
held by greats such as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, and Lee         
Morgan. Mangione served as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 to     
1972, and in 1970, he returned to recording with the album Friends and Love,       
recorded in concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous guest   
performers. His quartet with saxophonist Gerry Niewood was a popular concert       
and recording act throughout the 1970s. "Bellavia", recorded during this           
collaboration, won Mangione his first Grammy.                                     
Mangione's composition "Chase the Clouds Away" was used in the 1976 Olympic       
Games, with a later composition, "Give It All You Got", being used the theme to   
the Winter Olympic Games of 1980, held in Lake Placid, New York. He performed     
it live at the closing ceremonies, which were televised globally. A 1980           
issue of Current Biography called "Feels So Good" the most recognized tune since   
"Michelle" by The Beatles. Recently, smooth jazz stations throughout the United   
States have recognized Mangione's "Feels So Good" as their all-time number one     
song. He raised over $50,000 for St. John's Nursing Home at his 60th Birthday     
Bash Concert, held at Rochester's Eastman Theatre.