A native of Nashville, Charles had a long and distinguished career as both a Bassist and Vocalist. While living in New York city for 17 years, he travelled and worked with artisits such as Tommy Flanagan, Milt Jackson, Teddy Wilson, Dorothy Donegan, Sammy Davis, Jr. and the Count Basie Orchestra. Charles was an Adjunct Instructor at Tennessee State University where he taught the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz History and was head of the String Department. At NJW, he taught advanced vocal performance and repertoire classes. We were extremely fortunate to have such a seasoned “pro” on our faculty. Charles passed away on September 22, 2003.