I am Charley Socci and this is my weblog. I have lived in the Northeast United States all of my life.
I have been a jazz musician all of my adult life. Jackie McLean invited me into his home as a student when I was 16, and I studied with him through graduation at the Hartt School of Music. I’ve been playing professionally since I was 15 years old. My music career has taken me around the world several times. I have two compact discs as a leader, For Joey and The Visit, available on this site. I’ve been blessed to have been friends with or a student of some of the finest jazz musicians of all time. Through Jackie, people like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk became more like uncles than names in a book. I’m deeply grateful for all that has been shared with me and hold a deep desire in my heart to share it with others. Music is one of the most direct paths to the heart – both as the transmitter and receiver.
I currently play the lead alto chair in Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, CT every Tuesday night. Its a great joy to practice my craft and listen to the many great soloists in the band.
I am the owner and operator of Centerbrook Technology LLC – a consulting company that helps individuals and small to mid-size businesses understand and use technology more effectively.
I also have a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City where I studied Executive Technology Management – where my thesis involved information technology serving Central and East Africa.
I’ve worked as a network engineer and technology manager for over 15 years.
I have had a few gigs during my adult life including professional saxophonist, music teacher; and information systems administrator for a large humanitarian NGO. (ok, more than a few if you count driving limousine, taxi and stocking shelves in a department store).
I also enjoy making photographs