Charles Lewis Dottson III
I guess I should start by saying I started my journey by taking private drum lessons, my mother told me if I was to play drums I need to learn to read music so starting this as early as 5yrs old; I stayed with the lessons all through grade school and high school, thus my studies continued beyond high school. There is no doubt that once you’ve heard the grooves of Charles Dottson it will be an experience. Charles was born in Susanville California raised in Denver Colorado. He has played in marching bands, drum and bugle corps, jazz ensembles and orchestra.
He has played with many local artist as well as
Denver’s own national smooth jazz group
Dotsero plus the CU jazz workshop, also the Drifters. Charles takes no time to just fit in with any situation at a moments notice, he continues to learn and grow in the music field to make the grade on what is necessary to keep working in a very competitive arena. I had worked with a group once that consisted of Middle Eastern culture; this band had a name “Maxcimum” which was comprised with the first letter of each member’s name. This was a great experience that allowed me to share their flavor of East Indian grooves and sounds mixed with some funk grooves with a dash of jazz. This was so cool, I took that to a country band I played with “Bitter Creek” and embraced them with rock/country grooves.
It’s really nice when you get with several individuals that take it to another level and decide to go out-the-box and come up with nice results. I stay with the mind-set to have the solid pocket that holds the rhythm section together; this is paramount to the structure of a tight band sound. I listen very well; you can’t come into a situation and expect to dump a million chops into what is just a good groove. I’ve listen to my heroes and mentors, such as Billy Cobham, Leon “Ndugu” Chandler and also Harvey Mason.
Time has been good to Charles now being a part of the growing Internet radio station KZKOradio.com/MSE Maximum Sound Entertainment with his own show “The Flavor Of Jazz Cuisine” a great mix of Smooth, Fusion and Modern jazz appeal, with caring the title of MSE Radio network show Consultant. He still is a co-host with the show “A Funk Above The Rest” with Skip the Funktologist, which is also on the same station.
Still not sitting still with any grass growing under his feet, holding a seat as one of the board members of “South Western Arts Group” aka SWAG in the historical area of Westminster Colorado, and not stopping at this juncture he has been a part of the promotional team with A Funk Above The Rest along with Cedric Pride Entertainment, pulling in artist like Fra nkie Beverly featuring Maze, Cameo and Lakeside. Oh he also is working on getting back in the drumming game, what else is next?