Born in Buffalo NY, Charles played piano as his first and only instrument until the age of 19. He played saxophone with Archie Shepp
In 2006, Tompkins Square invited Charles to record Time Zones at SONY Studios in NYC, his first and only album of all-original compositions for solo piano. The album reflects Charles' lyrical, gospel roots and his kinetic, frenzied free jazz fire. 'Time Zones' was hailed a masterpiece" by Paris Transatlantic and Jazz Review UK, and Charles supported the album with his first major market US tour in years.
Charles is our neighbor near Tompkins Square Park, our friend, and one of our greatest musical heroes.
Happy Birthday Charles Gayle.
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