Founder and President of the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh, an executive board member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union, and a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, Chuck Austin was a versatile musician as well as a strong advocate for the preservation of jazz history. He was even honored by The City of Pittsburgh when February 8, 2011 was proclaimed to be Chuck Austin Day.
Pittsburgh musician Chuck Austin passed away 5:35am on May 26. He had undergone a long illness over the past few years but when well enough, he would come out and play. Chuck along with a couple of others were intrumental in getting me to be a board member for the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh. Our condolences go out to his family and many friends.