Charlie Cooley is one of Canada’s most in-demand drummers.

He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as: Leonard Cohen, K.D. Lang, The Guess Who, Heillig Manoeuvre, Amanda Marshall, Anne Murray, Randy Brecker, Kellylee Evans, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Matt Dusk, and The Blues Brothers (musical director - Paul Shaffer)

Charlie is also a member of the Juno Award winning world beat jazz ensemble Manteca. Manteca has performed in many territories around the world including The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands (Holland), The Canadian Pavilion at Expo in Seville, Spain, The Aspen Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl and The Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.

Charlie has been the in-house drummer for many of Canada’s prime time television award shows such as The Juno Awards, The Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards, The East Coast Music Awards, The Gemini Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards, and the Canada Day Celebrations from Parliament Hill (CBC)

Charlie Cooley on Drums

“When I’m playing music – in whatever situation – I’m thinking - what can I do best to support the music? My goal is to help the composition speak directly to the listener.”

Few drummers display such intense focus and bright moments of artistry as Charlie Cooley.

Contact Charlie

Charlie would love to hear from you. If you are interested in hiring him for a gig, or just wanting to touch base after a show, please contact him by email, phone, or by submitted a message through the online form.

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