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Chuck Hansen Plays Bari & Bass Sax with Tower of Power

Posted 26 September 2009 | News   

September 26, 2009 – Radisson Grove – Sacramento, Calif. - For the first time in 40 years, Chuck Hansen replaced Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, when Tower of Power performed at The Radisson Grove in Sacramento, California. Friends for many years, sharing the same birthdate of March 25th, Chuck performed four songs with the band, including encore songs of What is Hip and You’re Still A Young Man, playing his Black Laquer Yanagisawa Baritone Sax and Selmer Bass Saxophone.

“Chuck did a fantastic job and I told him he should start learning the book,” stated Doc Kupka.

“Doc asked if he (Chuck) could sub for him and he blew everyone away at soundcheck,” said Emilio Castillo. “He has a great tone.”

Chuck and Doc have been friends for over ten years, co-producing several CDs together in connection with Doc’s Strokeland record label. As a member of the Strokeland Superband, studio session players that Doc uses on his recording projects, Chuck & Doc often record side-by-side in the studio, with Doc playing Baritone Sax and Chuck playing either Bass or Bari Sax.

“I jokingly tell Doc that I’ve become his stunt double,” says Chuck Hansen. “Even with huge advancements in ProTools and Midi add-ons, it’s difficult to re-create the rich bottom layers that Doc and I can lay down. Nobody owns the off-beat like Doc.”

In addition to live performances with Tower of Power and studio session work, Chuck has maintained an active performing schedule, playing Baritone & Bass Saxophones with a number of artists, including Huey Lewis & The News, Eddy Money, The Monkee’s Micky Dolenz, Starship’s Mickey Thomas, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, and ‘Green-Eyed Lady’ Jerry Corbetta, formerly with Sugarloaf.  When available, Chuck plays with his favorite R&B cover band, Hip Service, and his plays with friend & business partner, Jeff Tamelier, former lead guitarist with Tower of Power, Starship, and Cold Blood.  

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