Chuck Flores

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Chuck Flores (January 5, 1935 - November 24, 2016) was an American jazz drummer. One of the relatively small number of musicians associated with West Coast jazz who were actually from the West Coast, Flores was born Charles Walter Flores in Orange, California, and grew up in Santa Ana. He was best known for the work he did with saxophonist Bud Shank in the 1950s, and for his two-year stint with Woody Herman, from 1954 to 1955, but also performed with such musicians as Carmen McRae, Art Pepper, Maynard Ferguson, Al Cohn, and Shelly Manne, who had been his drum teacher. Manne and others considered Flores an underrated drummer.


With Al Cohn, Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca

With Gil Fuller

With Carmen McRae

With Art Pepper

With Bud Shank

With the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band


  • Feather, Leonard. The Encyclopedia of Jazz (Horizon Press, 1960)

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