He was a member of Art Blakey‘s band and co-led the Jazz Brothers with his brother, Gap. He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single “Feels So Good“. Mangione has released more than 30 albums since 1960.
Mangione was born and raised in Rochester, New York, with his pianist brother Gap. Their uncle Jerre Mangione (March 20, 1909 – August 16, 1998) was an American writer and scholar of the Italian-American experience. Together the brothers led the Mangione Brothers Sextet/Quintet, which recorded three albums for Riverside Records before Mangione branched out into other work. He attended the Eastman School of Music from 1958 to 1963, then joined Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, for which he filled the trumpet chair previously held by Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, and Lee Morgan.
In the late 1960s, Mangione was a member of the band The National Gallery, which in 1968 released the album Performing Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee. Mangione served as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 to 1972. In 1970, he returned to recording with the album Friends and Love, recorded in concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and guest performers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Mangione