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Request Charles "Chazz" Smith for your next event. SPEAKING SOLO OR ON A PANEL 

Who is Charles 'Chazz' Smith?

Charles 'Chazz' is the founder, original drummer, and lead vocalist of Grand Central, the band that spawned Morris Day, Andre Cymone, and Prince Rogers Nelson. Prince and Charles invited Andre (Cymone) Anderson to play bass. Together they formed the roots of what Prince would later go on to define as the Minneapolis Sound. #WhoIsCharlesChazzSmith

Understanding Prince's life and work allows us to address some of the key cries and struggles shaping U.S. society today, from public education to transgender activism, from opioids to police brutality, and from copyright to evangelical Christianity.


Charles "Chazz" Smith provided a framework for the panel. Where does Prince come from historically, geographically, socially, culturally? What does he mean to various groups in Minneapolis's musicians, activists, and institutions? What deeper lessons can we glean from this connection between music and place?


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