Chuck Mangione

With the possible exception of Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, Mangione's Feels So Good did more for the flugelhorn than any other 20th century composition. The instrument, which resembles a trumpet with a mellower, sax-like timbre, jibed well with the easy-listening muzak that emerged in the '70s. Mangione mastered smooth jazz before it became a punch line and for it earned two Grammys, forty years of gigs, and a regular guest spot on King of the Hill as a poltergeist living within the Megalomart department store.
July 14-19, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2009


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