Chuck Deardorf

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Chuck Deardorf, (born 1954) is an American musician best known for playing double bass and bass guitar with numerous internationally noted jazz musicians. As a first-call bassist in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 25 years,[1] Chuck Deardorf has recorded and performed with some of the Jazz world’s brightest luminaries including Kenny Barron, Larry Coryell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bud Shank, Chet Baker, Joe Williams, Zoot Sims, Mel Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, Abbey Lincoln, Howard Roberts, George Cables, Winard Harper, Charlie Byrd, and vocalists Kurt Elling, Ernestine Anderson and Kelly Harland. Deardorf has performed at music festivals and clubs throughout the Northwest as well as in Los Angeles, New York City, Australia, Canada and Japan, and in numerous theater and symphony productions.

Deardorf is a professor and head of the jazz faculty at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle[2] and serves on the faculty of the Centrum Jazz Workshop, held annually in Port Townsend, Washington. He also performs regularly with respected Brazilian composer and pianist, Jovino Santos-Neto and the Deardorf/Peterson Group.

Deardorf is known for his prodigious skills on upright as well as fretless and fretted electric basses.

Deardorf is married to singer and author Kelly Harland.[3]


With Bud Shank


  1. ^ "For bassist Deardorf, a musical and personal "Portal"". The Seattle Times. July 16, 2004. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ De Barros, Paul (16 October 1994). "City of Jazz – It May Be Lite, Hard, Retro Or Ultra-Hip, And It's Alive And Swinging In Seattle". Seattle Times. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "SeattleNoise: Kelly Harland". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-30.