Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone and Percussion
Alan Chez Joined the CBS Orchestra on Feb. 3, 1997 after years of sitting in on trumpet and flugelhorn with Late Night with David Letterman NBC and the Late Show CBS. His 17-year run at the show is second to Doc Severinsen as the longest Network TV trumpet player.
In 1979, Chez joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to help create the band the Atlantic City Expressway, which played New Jersey shore clubs for years. He has also played with such artists as Tower of Power, Robert Cray Band, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Cee lo Greene, Snoop Dog, James Brown, and many others. He has performed at such events as several Presidential Inaugurations, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, and Rock hall DVD collection, John Lennon's 50th birthday celebration in Tokyo, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies, the Concert of the Century at the White House, the Concert for New York and the Very Special Christmas Concert.
Chez started his extensive music career at the age of 9, when he joined a local drum corps, the Saints. He went on to march in the Garfield Cadets, the Reading Buccaneers, and the Bushwackers. Chez still donates his time to the drum corps activity, working with many DCI and DCA corps, including the 10-time DCI Champion Cadets and DCI Finalists Crossmen and Oakland Crusaders; the DCA Champion Reading Buccaneers, Empire Statesmen, and Bushwackers; DCA Finalists Fusion Core and Kingston Grenadiers; as well as marching bands throughout the United States. Al has been a program designer, drill writer, brass technician, brass caption manager, program coordinator, and visual technician. Chez conducts brass music clinics, marching band clinics, and performances nationwide.
These days, Chez is devoting his time to his a Passion, Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band, a big band which performs rock and soul music with big horn sound. You can check out Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/alchezandthebrothersoffunk. Their high-octane shows have been well received. The combination of Chez’s school clinics and Brothers of Funk concerts are a huge hit in high schools and colleges across the country. Al Chez has performed at hundreds of school clinic around the USA and Canada. His easygoing attitude and outrageous trumpet playing is both inspiring and motivational to students.
Al Chez is a Yamaha-certified clinician and Artist. A native of Jersey City, N.J., he and his wife, Cat, six kids, and two dogs and 10 grandchildren continue to reside in the great state of New Jersey.