A professional musician since he was sixteen, Xavier’s musical tastes were shaped by the East Coast jazz scene and further honed in the clubs and recording studios of Los Angeles. He studied with jazz greats Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette at the eclectic school the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY & performed with seminal artists on the LA music scene of the 1980s such as Francis X and the Bushmen and Trauma Fetish. Along the way, he’s also worked on projects with such artists as Tom Petty, Stan Ridgeway, and Ray Manzarek. In the 70s, he formed the avant-garde jazz band Satori, and then in 1982, after relocating to the West Coast, he hooked up with acclaimed producer Glen Feit (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wall of Voodoo, and David Byrne, among others) to produce his debut EP (as Xavier and the Messengers), titled “The King Has Come.” A blend of reggae, rock and jazz, “The King Has Come” first introduced audiences to Xavier’s unique blend of social commentary, and musical artistry, and was so critically well-received that it earned an “Editor’s Choice” review in Downbeat Magazine.
Now based in San Francisco, Charles Xavier has played past gigs previously on the East Coast at Harpo's Jazz Club (Newport, RI), The Living Room (Providence. RI), Holy Mackeral (Portland, Maine), David's (Amherst, Ma), Pooh's Pub, Club Zircon, Michaels Pub, Ahmed's, Stone Soup Gallery (Boston ,Ma). While based in Los Angeles during the 1980 & 90's Xavier performed as a leader or as a sideman at the jazz clubs Carmello's, Soundroom, Snooky's, Two Dollar Bills, Comeback Inn, etc. and rock clubs such as Club 88, Blackie's, Anti Club, Madame Wong's, Club Lingerie, The Troubador, Cathey DeGrande, Vipor Room, The Scream, and other venues.
Charles Xavier is currently an Audio Post Supervisor and the Director of Localization at Polarity Post Production in San Francisco, Ca.