Alan Chez

Alan Chez's Biography

Alan Chez joined the CBS Orchestra on February 3, 1997, after years of sitting in on trumpet and flugelhorn with Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and the CBS Late Show. His 15-year run at the show is second to Doc Severinsen as the longest TV trumpet player.

In 1979, Chez joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to create the band Atlantic City Expressway, which played New Jersey shore clubs for years. Chez has also played with such artists as Tower of Power, Robert Cray Band, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Cee lo Green, Snoop Dogg, James Brown, as well of 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, Japan, 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 his father's local drum corps, the Saints. Chez still donates his time to drum corps, activity working with many DCI and DCA corps and bands throughout America including DCI Champions Cadets, DCI finalists Crossmen, and Oakland Crusaders, DCA Champions Reading Buccaneers, Empire Statesmen, Bushwackers, DCA finalist Fusion Core, and Kingston Grenadiers.

Chez devotes a lot of his time to his a passion, the "Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band," a big band playing rock and soul music with big horn sound.

The combination of Chez’s school clinics and Brothers of Funk concerts is a huge hit in high schools and colleges across the country. He has performed hundreds of school clinic around the U.S.A. and Canada. His easy-going attitude and out-of-this-world trumpet playing is both inspiring and motivational to the students. He is a clinician the students can really relate to.

Chez was born in Jersey City, NJ. He, his wife, six kids, and three dogs continue to live in the great state of New Jersey.

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