Charlie Banacos (August 11, – December 8, ) was an American pianist, composer, author and educator, concentrating on jazz. Banacos created over. Charlie Banacos passed away in Boston, Massachusetts. The obituary was featured in Boston Globe on December 10,

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I soon discovered that his students spoke of him in almost reverential tones, and that he had a two-year waiting list to study with him. At that time, in the middle 70s, Charlie was teaching in a studio in Brookline, MA, not far from where I lived.

He arrived at his studio early in the morning and taught all day long, every day.

Charlie Banacos: The Zen Master of Jazz Improvisation

I called him and set up a class. I took the trolley to Brookline and knocked on the door to his studio. The door opened, and there was Charlie—younger than I had expected, wiry, with dark hair and eyes that sparkled with amusement and an intense energy that I could feel before he said a word.


I felt at home right away. Little did I suspect what he would put me through! Charlie treated all his students as individuals, so after listening chzrlie me play, he gave me what he thought would help chalie the most.

And that was just the beginning—before long he had me transcribing complex solos by jazz greats like McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans. Even though Charlie was always affable, very funny, and almost childlike, he meant business.

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I had to practice five hours a day to be able to go to class and not make a total fool out of myself. Charlie died way too young, and left countless students who genuinely loved him, including me, in mourning.

What a great spirit he was!

Charlie Banacos August 11, — December 8, was a pianist, composer, author and educator, who focused on jazz. He was the original author of a number of original music theory and ear training methods. Filed under educationjazzmusicmy historyUncategorized.


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