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“"His groove is authentic and honest which accounts for his appeal to cross-generational audiences"”
— New York Beacon
A dynamic musical composer, performer, community elder and educator with over 40 years experience.
Chuk Fowler, born in Harlem, NY at the close of the Harlem Renaissance, delivered flowers at age 14 to his neighbor Langston Hughes. He took formal classical music lessons with Edward Boatner, a prolific composer who was the father of renowned jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. After winning amateur night at the Apollo two nights in a row, he was congratulated for days by local neighborhood legends who included Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Billy Higgins, and Mary Lou Williams and many others. His journey was set in motion.
Inspired by his mentors' encouragement, Fowler performed regularly at Harlem’s famous nightclubs, theaters, and posh hotels throughout New York City. Live performances with the United States military connected his music to European and Japanese audiences. Upon returning to the USA, he dedicated 30 years to directing and teaching music in the NYC public schools while maintaining an active performance schedule with his group, Higher Energy.
Chuk Fowler and Higher Energy has published several recordings under his label, Segue Records: "Up From the Roots", "Homage" and "It Feels Good to Feel Good".
"The spirit of your work inspires audiences; your irresistible sound moves them to their feet...[w]e have already received numerous calls demanding your return..." - Abiba Wynn, Brooklyn Museum of Art
The response to your musical performances has been positive and glowing." - Johnnie Garry, Jazzmobile
"Bravo. Your performers were superb. Their performance was both entertaining and educational. The students and teaching staff of our school enjoyed themselves immensely. We especially liked the variety of music played by your talented group and how it appealed to a young audience." Elizabeth Kasowitz, The NYC Laboratory School for Gifted Education