Charles B. Findley (born 13 December 1947 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania) is an American session musician. Most widely known as a trumpet player, he also plays other brass instruments such as flugelhorn and trombone. His technical abilities and versatility are renowned even among other session players, with the celebrated session horn player and arranger Jerry Hey saying "Chuck Findley can play anything".
A graduate of Maple Heights High School in Ohio in 1965, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Findley's first professional work was with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band before joining the Buddy Rich Band on a world tour. In 1989 he joined the Tonight Show band led by Doc Severinsen. He was also a member of the band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1994 to 2001.
A regular collaborator on recordings by artists such as B. B. King and Steely Dan, he has also played and/or recorded with Nancy Sinatra, Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Toto, Pat Boone, Christopher Cross, Jaco Pastorius, James Last, Lee Ritenour, Jackson Browne, George Benson, George Harrison, Elton John, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Jose Feliciano, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Tina Turner, Al Jarreau, Sarah Vaughan, Narada Michael Walden, Buddy Rich and many others.
Findley also often collaborates with his brother Bob, another trumpet player.
With Steely Dan
- Toto (1978)
- Isolation (1984)
- Fahrenheit (1986)
- The Seventh One (1988)
- Kingdom of Desire (1992)
- Mindfields (1999)
With Al Jarreau
- Star Eyes - live (2001)
- Welcome Home, Richard Holmes (World Pacific, 1968)
- B. B. King in London, B. B. King (1971)
- Goats Head Soup - The Rolling Stones (1973)
- Wrap Around Joy, Carole King (1974)
- Everybody Come On Out, Stanley Turrentine (Fantasy, 1976)
- Killer Joe, Benny Golson (Columbia, 1977)
- Nicolette, Nicolette Larson (1978)
- Totally Hot, Olivia Newton-John (1978)
- Christopher Cross, Christopher Cross (1979)
- No One Home, Lalo Schifrin (Tabu, 1979)
- Ride Like the Wind, Freddie Hubbard (Elektra/Musician, 1982)
- Trumpets No End, Chuck Findley and Bobby Shew (1983)
- Dingo, Miles Davis (Warner Bros., 1990)
- Once More...With Feeling!, Doc Severinsen (1991)
- Joe Cool's Blues, Wynton Marsalis/Ellis Marsalis (1994)
- Night Creatures, Tom Scott (1995)
- The Road to Ensenada, Lyle Lovett (1996)
- Red Heat, Jimmy Haslip (2000)
- Menza Lines, Don Menza (2005)
- Walk Tall, Eric Marienthal (1999)
- To Be Loved, Michael Bublé (2013)
- The Search for Everything, John Mayer (2017)
- http://www.lastudiomusicians.org/jerryheytributepage1.htm Interview with Jerry Hey, LA Studio Musicians website
- Interview on Calicchio web site. Retrieved 24 September 2008
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- Loesing, John. ‘Jazz Nite’ fundraiser to help Lindero, The Acorn, February 13, 2003. Accessed September 25, 2008.
- Tingen, P. Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967-1991. Billboard Books, 2001 (ISBN 0-8230-8346-2, ISBN 978-0-8230-8346-6)
- Bogdanov, V. et al. Allmusic: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Backbeat Books, 2001 ISBN 0-87930-627-0, ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4
- Lord, T. The Jazz Discography. North Country Distributors, 1998 (ISBN 1-881993-01-9, ISBN 978-1-881993-01-8)
- "Chuck Findley | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 May 2017.