Chuck

Chuck “Judge” Ticker

Keyboards/vocals – “Judge” is his method; not his trade.

Chuck Ticker

Chuck is a native of Montreal who has loved music as long as he can remember. When he was 5, his mother would call him from playing outside with the neighborhood kids to come in every afternoon to listen to the “Hit Parade” on the radio and he would listen and dance along to Elvis.

Chuck started classical piano lessons at age 8 and his first recital got rave reviews in the local paper. He went on to win several awards and competitions.

Then the Beatles came upon the scene and Chuck lost interest in classical music. He stopped his piano lessons and took up the drums and formed his first group “CT and the Rebels”. Another group started in high school was a trio called “The Sarajuana Swingers” which featured Chuck on drums and two friends (on piano and trumpet). The group played the music of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass who were really big then. Even at that early stage, Chuck was showing his eclectic tastes in music.

In his mid- teens, Chuck became a huge fan of the blues and spent many a weekend at the New Penelope Music Club in Montreal where he had the privilege of seeing blues legends like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Junior Wells and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Chuck went back to the keyboards when he was 16 and started learning some blues licks on his own. Chuck started a band with two cousins and some friends called “Cold Sweat” and played with them during the last two years of high school and first year university. Cold Sweat played a lot of gigs for high school dances and university frats. It was a lot of fun but the most money the band made came when they disbanded and sold the equipment.

After Cold Sweat disbanded, Chuck played solo at various coffee houses in Montreal.

After graduating from McGill in 1974, Chuck moved to Toronto and continued jamming with friends.

He commenced law school at Osgoode Hall in 1975 and played keyboards in the school’s musical revue- “The Mock Trial” where he played keyboards as bandleader “Lou Brown” for a spoof on Jerry Lewis’ annual telethon called ‘The Jerry Lewis Telethon for Disbarred Lawyers”.

Chuck’s musical hero is BB King whom he has had the joy of meeting backstage personally three times.

Chuck was thrilled to be invited by his neighbour (fellow Faded Gene Abe Feler) to play keyboards for The Faded Genes.

When Chuck isn’t living his fantasy of being a rock star, he works as a lawyer in his own law practice in the areas of estates disputes and mediations. Chuck has been happily married for over thirty years and has two daughters.