In Memoriam: You remember Chuck 

click to enlarge Chuck Workman - MARK SHELDON

We collected a few of your thoughts after the passing of Chuck Workman.

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"I think one of the most impressive things about Chuck was his unadulterated unbiased acceptance
of the art of jazz.

Jazz is a small word that encapsulates a large world of musical expression. Back in the '90s, Chuck embraced my off-the-beaten-path style of jazz and supported my CDs of original music through countless radio and print interviews. Such an eloquent writer, I was honored by his quote that remains on the front page of my website to this day: 'If you were to take a combination of exuberance and enthusiasm, toss in an uncanny ability to communicate verbally and musically and spice it up with some rosin and a bow, you would wind up with Cathy Morris.'

An everywhere man, he was an integral part of everyone's efforts to bring innovative and original music to the Indianapolis community.

All jazz musicians were touched by his presence, and countless listeners as well."

-Cathy Morris

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"For many years, Chuck emceed the International Festival as a volunteer.

He really believed in a world that had room for all of us, and this was one of the ways he worked toward that dream."

-Gene Maresca, Former President of Nationalities Council of Indiana

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"I used to listen to Chuck on the Sunday Morning Jazz Show, WTPI. When my first CD came out, a friend suggested I send it to him. I jumped out of my seat when I heard him play "Searching." He was the very first to put my music on the air. Later he called to interview me for a NUVO article. What a wonderful voice to hear over the phone!

Over the years, I have done many radio interviews with Chuck, and he has written many articles about my music. He believed in me so much, he helped me believe in myself.

I called him every time I had something big coming up, and he always called me back to hear the latest. I was even planning on calling him today.

I'm not quite ready yet, but when I am, I will enjoy listening again to the tapes of our radio interviews. His enthusiasm was so sincere, and so infectious.

The last time I saw Chuck was at the Jazz Kitchen, just a few months ago. I watched him eat a really big dessert (that I was hoping he would offer me a bite of). We talked and talked about music, of course. I remember him saying that he felt like he was in New York, as we listened to one of our great local jazz groups — The Farrelly/Markiewicz Quartet.

Chuck, thank you for your love of music, your kindness and your generous spirit. I miss you already."

-Becky Archibald

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"It seems like I knew Chuck forever. I was front of house mix engineer at the Walker Theatre from the night it reopened in 1987 until 2001 - 14 years. I had plenty of opportunities to chat Chuck up about music and musicians; locally and world renowned. I extend my condolences to his immediate family and to the larger family and community of players, singers and fans of the great American genre that is Jazz."

-DK Jazz from NUVO.net

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Please, send your memories of Chuck to kcoplen@nuvo.net. We'll update this feature as we receive more of your thoughts.

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Katherine Coplen

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Always looking for my new favorite band. Always listening to my old ones, too. Always baking cakes. Always collecting rock and roll dad quotes.

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