Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Charlie Jennison plays lead alto sax, clarinet, flute and soprano sax with the Portsmouth, NH area Seacoast Big Band and is also a member of the Capitol Jazz Orchestra that plays frequently at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. Currently teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy where he is a member of the faculty jazz quartet, Charlie offers private instruction on classical and jazz saxophone for all levels of experience, as well as jazz piano instruction for beginning and intermediate players.
For more than 30 years, Charlie worked with Exeter, NH based jazz pianist Tommy Gallant, a teacher at the Berklee School of Music and an alumnus of Woody Herman's band. Charlie also studied with saxophone teachers Dr. Donald Bravo of the Boston Pops, Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Mariano, Jerry Coker, and Ted Casher.
Over the course of his career, Charlie has taught private music lessons and conducted master classes on saxophone at Dartmouth College, both Universities of New Hampshire and Maine and taught courses in Music History and Jazz Improvisation at UNH and Granite State College. He also conducted saxophone ensembles both at the UNH Summer Youth Music School and the Phillips Exeter Summer Music Program.
Additionally, Charlie has shared the stage or been in the recording studio with such notable musicians as Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy DeFranco, Alan Dawson, and Marshal Royal as well as backing up live performances for Rosemary Clooney, Carmen Bradford, Natalie Cole, Andy Williams, Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz violinist Sara Caswell, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and singer/songwriter Jon Bon Jovi.
His self -produced CD, “Iridescence,” had favorable reviews and is available on Amazon Music. More information is available at <www.charliejennison.com>