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Charles Ruggiero | Steamers JAZz at JAX

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Steamers Jazz at JAX

Playing with Charles is the phenomenal Bill Cunliffe, Mike Gurrola, and Joshua Brown.

The son of world renowned jazz musician Vinnie Ruggiero, Charles spent his early years surrounded by the “who’s who” of jazz. There was always music around, and with musicians like Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and Jon Hendricks coming to spend time and play, it was only a matter of time before he caught the bug and asked his father to play the “bang-bangs.”

After winning a seat in the New York State All State Jazz Ensemble, Manhattan School of Music offered a full scholarship and a chance to study with famed jazz educator Justin DiCioccio. The jazz scene in New York City in the early 90’s was vibrant and Charles was playing regularly with Joshua Redman, Peter Bernstein, Jane Monheit, Ryan Kisor, Joel Frahm, Sam Yahel, Brad Mehldau, Myron Walden, Chris Potter, and Dwayne Burno, to name a few.

In 1994, Charles joined Chuck Mangione’s group, touring with the jazz superstar for the next 4 years. The first months of his time with Mangione provided the chance of a lifetime – learning the ropes, playing alongside the legendary drummer Steve Gadd. “He taught me so much, and he never uttered one word about music.” says Ruggiero.

In late 2000, former MTV/VH1 vee-jay, Abby Gennet, asked Ruggiero to play on a demo of a few of her songs, and the rock-n-roll band SLUNT was born. The band’s rise was quick. In only their second year they were on tour with Marilyn Manson. The following years found them on tour with Motorhead, Drowning Pool, and Paul Stanley (KISS) as well as releasing two albums on Repossession Records. After SLUNT Charles found himself on Ozzy Ozbourne’s Ozzfest tour, replacing drummer Matt Sorum (Guns and Roses/Velvet Revolver) as a member of Circus Diablo – a band which also featured Billy Duffy (The Cult), Brett Scallions (FUEL), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), and Ricky Warwick (The Almighty).

2007 was a big change – Ruggiero moved to Los Angeles. He immediately began working as a session drummer, making pop and rock records. He also got back to his jazz roots, working with the finest musicians in LA including Larry Goldings, Eric Reed, Bob Sheppard, Tim Ries, Dennis Hamm, Bob Reynolds, David Ryan Harris, Laura Dickinson, Doug Webb, The Heirs, and 80’s icon Molly Ringwald. During this time he was also the head drum teacher at 311 drummer Chad Sexton’s Drum City in North Hollywood.

A brief return to NYC found Ruggiero making his debut as a bandleader. He made the list of top 100 Jazz Albums of 2015 with his first album, “Boom Bang, Boom Bang!” – a tribute to the jazz of the 70’s. His sophomore effort, “As Heard On TV,” a collection of television themes arranged for jazz trio, quartet, and quintet, reached #12 on the jazz charts. His third record, “Charles Ruggiero Meets Laura Mace,” released in 2016, met widespread acclaim, and went on to outsell the first two records.

7:00pm-8:30pm Show
5:30pm Doors Open

Ultra VIP section ($35/person tables for 2 or 4)
VIP section ($25/person tables for 2 or 4; $20 single barstool seats)
General Seating section ($15/person tables for 2 or 4; $15 single barstool seats)
Booths for 4 People $160

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1 ENTRÉE PURCHASE PER PERSON IS REQUIRED (a $10 surcharge will be added if no entrée is purchased, there are no drink minimums)
All sales are final, but if for any reason show is canceled all purchases will be refunded.
Must be 21 years old to drink alcoholic beverages.
No outside beverages are allowed.


September 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Campus JAX
3950 Campus Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660 United States
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(949) 261-6270
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