Dr. Charles Brooks

Artist of the Month | November 2019


I have used K&K products for over a decade with great pleasure and success. They have perfected the system for the vibraphone (as well as for many other instruments) with a process that has allowed and continues to allow me to be more expressive by expanding my sound palette and allowing me to express myself as a percussionist more precisely. K&K products are unique, they are an industry leader, and they have a quality reputation in the service they provide. As a performance artist, an educator, and a recording artist, it is an honor to promote these products.

Charles Brooks, DMA is a professional jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, hand drummer, pianist, clinician, composer, and educator in Baton Rouge, LA. He is Louisiana’s only four-mallet vibraphonist actively performing across multiple genres while continuing to teach and mentor budding musicians. Brooks is a four-time Grammy-nominated educator, who in 2018 was selected for inclusion in the AcademicKeys Who’s Who in Community Colleges Higher Education. In addition to teaching, composing, performing, and recording and mixing his own original music, Brooks has written two educational instruction manuals for the drum set and the vibraphone. In 2018 he released his first full-length solo percussion album Empty Hand, and in June 2019 released his second full-length solo LP Inward Reflection: Music for Meditation & Relaxation. He quickly followed that up with the October 2019 release of his third full-length solo project, a jazz/jazz-fusion album entitled Soul Magnet. All original music is written, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brooks and is currently available at www.TheCharlesBrooks.com/music#albums, as well as on iTunes, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and most other music streaming sites.

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. By night he 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. 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 is featured on drum set as part of Vinyl Soup’s album Brandon and Travis (iTunes); on vibraphone with John Gray on Thursdays at M’s (Continuum Music); on vibraphone with Ernest Jackson on Moments Reflected (Continuum Music); and on hand drums with Captain Green on Protect Each Other Together, (CaptainGreenMusic).

Brooks 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 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.


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