Charles Brooks, DMA is a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, hand drummer, pianist, clinician, composer, and educator in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the state's only four-mallet vibraphonist actively performing across multiple genres while continuing to teach and mentor budding musicians. Additionally he is a five-time Grammy-nominated educator, who in 2018 was selected for inclusion in the AcademicKeys Who's Who in Community Colleges Higher Education. He is also recognized by international audio component giant K&K Sound as their November 2019 Artist of the Month.
In addition to teaching, composing, performing, recording, and mixing and mastering his own original music, Brooks also live streams a weekly jazz vibraphone concert series, Friday Night Vibes, every Friday night at 8 p.m. CST. In 2018 he released his first full-length solo percussion album, Empty Hand, which he composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered. In June 2019, Brooks released his second full-length solo album, Inward Reflection: Music for Meditation & Relaxation, and in October 2019 released his third album Soul Magnet, a full-length solo jazz/jazz fusion LP. He is currently recording his fourth solo album.. All original music is available for purchase here on the website, as well as on hundreds of music streaming sites, including but not limited to Pandora, Soundcloud, iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Grooveshark, etc..
Brooks also has recently written two educational instruction manuals for the drum set and the vibraphone, both of which are soon to be made available for purchase through the website.
CHARLES BROOKS, THE PROFESSOR & MENTOR
By day Brooks molds and mentors today’s eager young minds as Head of Audio Engineering within the Entertainment Technologies division at Baton Rouge Community College, where he runs a state-of-the-art recording studio hailed by local media as, “... the best college entertainment program and audio department within 800 miles of Baton Rouge” (Whitney Vann, WBRZ Channel 2 Louisiana). His program is designed so that the focus lies first and foremost on mentoring students while teaching and preparing them with the skills necessary to understand how to seek out, recognize, and be fully prepared for professional opportunities in live sound and in studio recording. He also offers a Music Business course and a Songwriting course as part of his curriculum, in addition to his regular recording and theory classes.
CHARLES BROOKS, THE MUSICIAN
By night Brooks entertains and captivates audiences with his wildly innovative four-mallet vibraphone playing, performing regularly for both public and private events in the Greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, as well as surrounding parishes and states, having most recently spent time in Washington D.C. providing Mardi Gras entertainment. Known for his improvisational talents and personalized high-energy performances, he currently plays the vibraphone as a solo artist, as lead of his jazz groups The Charles Brooks Trio and The Charles Brooks Quartet, as part of the John Gray Jazz Trio, and as part of the Michael Foster Trio. He also sits in as a featured guest hand drummer, set drummer, or vibraphonist with various other groups in the area, like funk masters The Michael Foster Project and jazz noise masters Captain Green.
Brooks's solo albums Soul Magnet, Inward Reflection, and Empty Hand are available for a listen here on the website and all are written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brooks. Additionally Brooks also is featured on the following other albums: on drum set as part of Vinyl Soup's album Brandon and Travis, available on iTunes; on vibraphone with John Gray on Thursdays at M's, available through Continuum Music; on vibraphone with Ernest Jackson on his Moments Reflected album, available through Continuum Music; and on hand drums with Captain Green on Protect Each Other Together, available through CaptainGreenMusic.com.
Charles Brooks, DMA is available for solo entertainment or to bring in trio/quartet entertainment for listening room experiences, concerts, special events of any kind, birthdays, weddings, brunches, dinner parties, business/restaurant grand openings, festivals, rehearsals, community celebrations, public events, corporate events, corporate parties, fundraisers, graduations, showcases, educational clinics, conferences, political parties, community balls, etc., as well as seasonal music to benefit celebratory holidays like Mardi Gras, Easter, Christmas, New Year's, Memorial Day, etc. He and any of his groups can be booked through his manager Keeley Brooks by sending an email to TheCharlesBrooks@gmail.com.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
Dr. Charles Brooks is a featured guest musician on the vibraphone and the drum set with The Michael Foster Project, and he is a nationally featured jazz performer at Louisiana State University, Belmont University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Austin Peay State University, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, the Mid City Jazz Festival, and the Duluth Jazz Festival. He is also a four-time, Grammy-nominated educator.
Brooks holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts with a Composition minor from Louisiana State University. He studied Composition under Dr. Dinos Constantinides (LSU) and Dr. Jeffrey Wood (Austin Peay), and his extensive study of Jazz and Percussion Performance took place under the instruction of Dr. Christopher Norton (Belmont), Mr. David Steinquest (Austin Peay), Dr. Michael Kingan (Indiana Univ. of Percussion), and Dr. Willis Delony (LSU). He was further mentored by Dr. Thomas King (Austin Peay) and graduated the Berklee School of Music Summer Jazz Series. He has over 25 years’ experience in performance, composition, and education, and over a decade’s experience recording live shows. He is a classically trained percussionist, an accomplished jazz musician, and both a public and private instructor and consultant proficient in orchestral performance, jazz studies and performance, percussion studies and performance, and audio engineering.