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Charles Brooks, DMA is proud to be a supportive member of the K&K Sound Artist Family. Recently selected as a K&K Sound Artist of the Month, 
Brooks fully endorses K&K Sound amplification systems:
"I have successfully used K&K Sound's vibraphone amplification system for more than a decade and it is because of their system that I am able to express myself wholly and successfully in various musical fashions and settings. K&K's products live up to their reputation 
and I would recommend them to any musician." -- CBDMA

Charles Brooks, DMA is proud to be a supportive member of the K&K Sound Artist Family. Recently selected as a K&K Sound Artist of the Month, Brooks fully endorses K&K Sound amplification systems: "I have successfully used K&K Sound's vibraphone amplification system for more than a decade and it is because of their system that I am able to express myself wholly and successfully in various musical fashions and settings. K&K's products live up to their reputation and I would recommend them to any musician." -- CBDMA

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Charles Brooks, DMA Releases First Full-Length Solo Album 

BATON ROUGE – Professional Louisiana percussionist, jazz vibraphonist, and college educator Charles Brooks, DMA has officially released his first full-length solo percussion project entitled Empty Hand. Grounded heavily in the techniques and philosophies of martial arts, the album is a union of martial forms and improvisational percussion techniques focusing on the balancing of rhythm, melody, and harmony to emphasize intangible connections between music, Mother Nature, and martial arts. The album is entirely composed by, played by, recorded by, and mastered by Dr. Brooks. 

Empty Hand features of an array of percussive instruments ranging from classical percussion (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, etc.) and keyboard percussion (vibraphone, marimba, piano), to various types of hand drums, finger drums, and metallophones. In addition to exploring various martial forms (“Empty Hand”, “Day Time Obstacle”), two-man interactions (“Night Time Skirmish”, “Rumble at the Dock”), and weapons forms (“Saber”, “Staff”), Empty Hand also features six meditations – each primarily led by the waxing and waning of the gdrum. Also known as the Garrahand drum, the gdrum is a lightweight acoustic tuneable steel tongue drum played with the fingers, which you can connect with loopers and FX pedals through its internal pickup to create inimitable sounds. With its proprietary tuning system and its seven tongues, the gdrum can be set to multiples scale and perform any type of music. Brooks is currently the only known percussionist in Louisiana actively playing, recording, and performing with the gdrum. 

Empty Hand is currently available for sale/download on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Rhapsody, TargetMusic, Tracks, Shazam, iHeartRadio, Napster, Juke, Groove, Saavn, Spinlet, Neurotic Media, Boomplay Music, MixRadio, Gracenote, Medianet, Akazoo, and over 100 other digital media outlets. Simply select your desired outlet and search “Charles Brooks.” 

An LSU doctoral alum, Dr. Charles Brooks is head of the audio engineering department within the Entertainment Technologies division at Baton Rouge Community College, where he is founder and host of the annual Mid City Jazz Festival. He is also a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, hand drummer, pianist, composer, clinician, and educator in the Greater Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. Additionally, Brooks is Louisiana’s only four-mallet vibraphonist actively performing across multiple genres. He performs solo, privately and publicly, on the vibes and drum set and with his groups, The Charles Brooks Jazz Trio and The Charles Brooks Collective, as well as part of The John Gray Jazz Trio, The Michael Foster Jazz Trio, and as a guest musician with other local and regional musicians. Read more about Charles Brooks, DMA at www.TheCharlesBrooks.com. 

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To sample the album, click on MUSIC in the tabs and scroll down to ALBUMS, or you can search on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Napster, Shazam, etc.

PINK FLOYD Tribute Experience Happens This Saturday, Folks 

Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m.: Improv jazz-fusion aficionados The Charles Brooks Collective and powerhouse guest vocalist Margaret Fowler
Dyson House Listening Room

"We promised you a PINK FLOYD tribute experience and we're doing more than just delivering; we're taking you somewhere. Here's a teensy tiny peek for your listening pleasure. It's gonna be one hell of a ride and you will need a ticket to experience it. Unfortunately we will not be live streaming the show, but tickets are on sale now and seating is limited! Grab yours today at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2937563 ... but if you can't make this one, don't fret: we've got a second show coming at the end of July. Date TBA so stay tuned!

July 8 - The Charles Brooks Collective to Play PINK FLOYD Tribute Show 

PSST ... HEY YOU! Yep, this is happening ... for real!!!

On Saturday, July 8, Baton Rouge's explosive new (instrumental) experimental jazz-fusion group The Charles Brooks Collective will present an original, never-heard-before Pink Floyd WISH YOU WERE HERE tribute experience at Dyson House Listening Room, 7:00 p.m., in Baton Rouge, LA. Joining them will be special guest vocalist Margaret Fowler. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased RIGHT HERE. ***Seating is LIMITED, so be sure and secure your seats as soon as possible! While the focus of the show mainly will be on Floyd's WISH YOU WERE HERE album, The Collective's tribute will also feature interpretation of other classics like "Time" and "Comfortably Numb," to give just a taste.

With roots deeply grounded in modern improvisational jazz techniques, The Charles Brooks Collective consists of classically trained musicians known for their individual talents as well as their ability to communicate on stage and as a whole simply with the powerful, high-energy interaction dancing between their instruments. Having just come on the music scene in February 2017, it became instantly clear that The Collective isn't just a group of skilled musicians standing on stage playing music for a crowd to listen to; they are true professionals providing audiences with mind-blowing experiences via personal backstories and musical journeys. Lead by Louisiana's only four-mallet vibraphonist, The Charles Brooks Collective features Chris "the Katt" Lee on drum set, Mr. Robert Kling on upright and electric bass, Dr. John Bishop on electric guitar, and, known for his wildly innovative percussive improv abilities, Dr. Charles Brooks on electric vibraphone and various hand drums.

For more information on The Charles Brooks Collective, click HERE or visit and LIKE them on Facebook @TheCharlesBrooksCollective. 

We'll see you on July 8 ... and don't make us WISH YOU WERE HERE!

 

April 13 - Louisiana's Only 4-Mallet Vibraphonist to Perform with Jazz Legends 

Don't miss this one-night-only FREE jazz masters concert featuring Louisiana's only four-mallet vibraphonist, Charles Brooks, alongside the legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones, the legendary jazz drummer Troy Davis, and the legendary double bassist and educator Dr. Robert Nash. This Thursday (April 13) at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage of the Magnolia Theater in the Magnolia Building on Baton Rouge Community College's Mid City campus. 
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!!!    BRING THE KIDS - and no excuses ... Friday is a holiday!

April 13 - Dr. Brooks to Perform with Jazz Greats in FREE Concert 

This concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!! 
This one-time-only special jazz masters concert will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage of the Magnolia Theater at Baton Rouge Community College. It's one jazz concert you won't want to miss. No tickets necessary. Just come on out and show your support for jazz arts and enjoy the masterful talent of jazz greats like Troy Davis, Leroy Jones, Dr. Robert Nash, and Louisiana's ONLY four-mallet jazz vibraphonist, Dr. Charles Brooks. 

Got questions? Email us at TheCharlesBrooks@gmail.com or at MidCityJazzFestival@gmail.com! 

March 7 - International Recording Co. to Visit BRCC Campus 

 

International Audio Component Manufacturer SOLID STATE LOGIC to Bring Mobile Production and Recording Studio to BRCC 

BATON ROUGE, LA -- Baton Rouge Community College will host Solid State Logic's custom-designed mobile production bus - The Broadcast Equipment Vehicle - on Wednesday, March 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on its Mid City campus. Current and prospective students interested in BRCC's Entertainment Technology Program are invited to receive guided tours of the bus, to be led by ETEC audio engineering professor, Charles Brooks, DMA. 

Presented by the Entertainment Technology (ETEC) program of the Liberal Arts Division at BRCC, The Broadcast Equipment Vehicle tour will provide a hands-on experience in Entertainment Technology. The vehicle is equipped with high-end mixing consoles and recording studio hardware, in conjunction with all of the key audio and video monitoring and communications systems required for a modern broadcast production facility. The space can accommodate several people, and a larger group can watch demonstrations from outside of the vehicle via an external audio monitoring system and video display, which is linked to internal cameras. 

Solid State Logic, an international recording studio company, is the world's leading manufacturer of analog and digital audio consoles and creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals. 

Dr. Charles Brooks, whose audio engineering program focuses on teaching students to be ready for professional opportunities in live sound and in studio recording, is looking forward to SSL's visit: "It is very important because [their demo bus] will expose my audio students to a different type of Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW. To be competitive in the music and recording industry, students need to know how to work with various systems and software programs." 

Furthermore, says Brooks, "this visit is key in developing relationships with major industry leaders in order to provide BRCC students with that competitive edge required in today's workforce. Joining forces with recording and production companies is an integral component to keeping Digital Arts programs alive, current, and viable in Louisiana. Technology changes rapidly and the only way we are able to keep up with those changes and ensure our department's future is through working with industry leaders like Solid State Logic. It is an honor to have them here." 

BRCC offers the Associate of Applied Science in Entertainment Technologies (AAS) degree for students who wish to prepare for immediate entry into the Louisiana entertainment industry. In the degree program, students learn about media production and the structures of the music, film, and video game industries. The program of study is not intended for college transfer. Available areas of study are Film, Audio Recording, or Gaming and Digital Media. 

For more information on the Audio Engineering program at Baton Rouge Community College, please contact Dr. Brooks at BrooksC@mybrcc.edu or via this website.

Fri., March 3, 2017 - Dr. Brooks Chosen for BRCC Faculty Spotlight 

As the head of Baton Rouge Community College's Audio Engineering department, Dr. Brooks received the honor of being chosen as the school's Faculty Spotlight. Follow this link to read their write-up: Friday Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Charles Brooks

Brooks's audio engineering program at BRCC is focused on teaching students to be ready for professional opportunities in live sound and in studio recording. Anyone interested in more information about the program, don't hesitate to shoot us an email at TheCharlesBrooks@gmail.com.

Happy Friday!

Fri, Feb. 17, 2017 - Charles Brooks, DMA makes The Advocate 

In gearing up for the big show tonight at Dyson House Listening Room, Charles had some time for a little Q&A with Charlotte Smith, feature writer for The Advocate. Follow this link Charles Brooks, DMA Advocate Q&A to see what's up, and don't forget to purchase your tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2753010 pre-sale for $15 or $18 at the door. BYOB!!!! We guarantee an experience that'll melt the stress of your work week away and transport you to a place of musical magic. It's a show guaranteed to blow your mind, so come check us at tonight at 7 p.m. at Dyson House Listening Room on Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge. 

Feb. 9, 2017 - The Charles Brooks Collective to Play Dyson House 

On February 17, 2017, The Charles Brooks Collective will take the stage at the Dyson House Listening Room in Baton Rouge, LA. 
Brooks plays lead on jazz vibraphone and is joined by Chris "the Katt" Lee of Captain Green on drums, Robert Kling of Captain Green on bass, and Dr. John Bishop on electric guitar. The Collective is an experimental jazz group with roots grounded in fusion and electric jazz inspired by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, The Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, and Pat Methany. Their modern improvisatory techniques combine with traditional jazz harmonies as melodies fuse with modern rhythmic application influenced by world music. The Collective provides a unique visual and audial experience as they present audiences with a collective journey that is an eclectic celebration of music from around the world. Guaranteed to be a mind-blowing musical experience that will leave you thirsting for more! 

Tickets for the show are ON SALE NOW and SEATING IS LIMITED!!! 
$15 pre-sale, $18 door: www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2753010 ... Here's a sneak peek of what they'll be serving up on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.: 

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