Chas Eller has been in the recording industry for over 40 years. During that time he has recorded or produced hundreds of LP's and CD's for numerous independent and major record labels, and in the process has received three INDIE Awards for his recording production work, and engineered two GRAMMY nominated projects.
As a studio and location recording engineer, Chas has worked with artists such as Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Doc Watson, Odetta, Phish, Joe Lovano, Trey Anastasio, Grace Potter, Richard Thompson, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Douglas, The Concord String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet, and many more. In 1988 he recorded all three stages, and co-produced a two hour radio special of the Newport Folk Festival, for National Public Radio.
His live concert engineering work with artists such as Ray Charles, Keith Jarrett, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, Oregon, Prairie Home Companion, and more, has taken him to some of the top venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, to name a few.
In addition to his engineering expertise, Chas plays keyboards with the internationally known pop-jazz group Kilimanjaro. Chas recorded and produced the first two Kilimanjaro records, which each made it into the "Top Five" on the National Jazz Radio Airplay Charts in the early 80's. That led to three U.S. tours, as well as prestigious concert dates throughout Europe.
With Kilimanjaro, Chas has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and The Soviet Union. He has performed at some of the top festivals in the world, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, The Newport Jazz Festival (twice), The Roskilde Festival, in Copenhagen, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Antonio Jazz Festival, The Utrecht Blues Festival, Holland, The Yuroslav Jazz Festival, Soviet Union, and in 2010 at the prestigious Java Jazz Festival, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Chas has also toured extensively as keyboardist for legendary blues great, Paul Butterfield, along with the other members of Kilimanjaro. He has also toured with singer-songwriter Elisabeth von Trapp, who he co-produced six CDs with. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria von Trapp, and together they have performed at well known venues such as The National Cathedral, in Washington D.C. (twice), St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, The Greenbrier, and The Chautauqua Institute.
Today, Chas continues to spend half the year working out of the studio in Charlotte, Vermont, which he built in 1992, and which is now being run by former chief engineer, Lane Gibson, as Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering. Chas spends the other half of the year (winters) working at his studio on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.