Chuck Deardorf



Chuck Deardorf, John Clayton and students at Centrum Jazz Workshop master class. Photo by Jim Levitt
Photo by Jim Levitt  
Cornish College of the Arts
Full Professor Music Department; Ensemble teaching, Rhythm section classes, Music Career classes, Sight-reading classes, 1980–present; Bass instructor (acoustic and electric), 1979–present.

Centrum Foundation
Faculty member; teach master classes and ensemble coaching, performing at the Port Townsend Jazz Workshop and festival, 1978–present.


Private studio teaching, 1974–present
Western Washington University, Adjunct Bass Faculty, 1978–1981
National Summer Guitar Camp, Faculty, 1998 Seattle workshop
Banff Center for the Arts, Bass and ensemble faculty, Banff Jazz Workshop 2000
Stanford Jazz Workshop, Faculty and performer, 2002


The Evergreen State College, Music studies with Donald Chan and Norman Durkee, 1973–1975
Private music studies, Ron Simon, Jerome Gray, John Clayton, various other informal classes.


Panelist at the NARAS Music in the Schools program, 2000/2001. 
Bass Workshop at the 1992 Washington Music Educators Convention.
Various college and high school clinics, including Denver School for the Arts; University of Denver; University of Washington; University of Alaska, Anchorage; Performer/clinician at the 1998 National Summer Guitar Workshop in Seattle, WA.

Bass workshop/demo at the Experience Music Project.


“Bass Tips-Jazz, Funk and Fusion” REH/Warner Video;  host/performer
“Clint Strong-Jazz guitar” REH/Warner; performer


Cornish College of the Arts Jazz Program Administrator 1986–1999, Music Department
Administrator, 1999-2010; auditioning all jazz majors, advising and registering all jazz majors.

Co-director for the Cornish Concert/residency Series 1986–2010, managing residencies and concerts with Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, Paul McCandless, the Clayton/Hamilton Big Band, Sheila Jordan, Larry Coryell, Robin Holcomb, Julian Priester, Carla Bley, Marc Copland and John Abercrombie, Joe LaBarbara, George Cables, Bruce Forman and numerous others.

Project Director for the Meet the Composer-Rockefeller AT&T Jazz Program, producing residencies and concerts with Ralph Towner and Bob Moses.