One of LA’s finest bass players, Chuck Berghofer enjoys a varied career as a jazz musician and studio artist.
From his early days with Skinnay Ennis and Bobby Troup,Chuck went on to work with jazz legends such as Herb Ellis,Shelly Manne,Howard Roberts, Jimmy Rowles and Zoot Sims.
Always in demand by vocalists,he has recorded with Rosemary Clooney,Ella Fitzgerald,Peggy Lee,Mel Torme,Sarah Vaughan and more recently with Christine Aguilera,Michael Feinstein,Steve Tyrell, Patti Austin and Barry Manilow. Two of his biggest “hits”were his bass solo on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and the “Barney Miller” TV theme.
Chuck has performed on over 400 movie soundtracks including Rocky I & II,On Golden Pond,Matrix and was featured on Jim Carrey’s movie “Majestic”and Clint Eastwood’s “Bird”and “True Crime”.He has played on numerous successful TV shows including Charlie’s Angels, The Carol Burnett Show,The Simpsons, Star Trek, Enterprise the Grammy’s and Oscar Awards.In the mid-eighties he received the NARAS award as the most valuable bass player for four consecutive years,nominated by his fellow studio musicians.
In 1991,he joined the rhythmn section to work with Frank Sinatra,touring worldwide and recording the classic Duets1 and II albums.In the late 90’s he recorded and toured with Joni Mitchelland performed on Barbara Streisand’s Farewell Tour in Australia and the US.In recent years he has appeared on the concert platform with the Three Tenors,toured with Kevin Spacey,and performed at the Tanglewood Festival with John Williams. He continues to be a featured artist at Jazz Festivals across the country and has represented West Coast Jazz at European venues.
For over 40 years Chuck was a member of the Pete Jolly Trio who performed and recorded in their own unique style until Pete’s death in 2004. He remains a regular member of the Frank Capp Juggernaut Big Band, the Flying Pisanos Ensemble ,the Shelly Berg Trio and his own group the Midnight Jazz Band.
His fine,big-toned sound,solid time keeping,extensive experience and passionate attitude contribute to his recognition as one of the most sought after bass players on the West Coast today.