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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 3, 1943

Pianist Charlie Austin has influenced an entire generation of western Canadian jazz musicians. As a performer, Charlie’s versatility and musicianship have seen him establish a solid career for the past four decades, playing in a wide range of settings from festivals, clubs, concerts and theatres as well as recording and television studios. He’s appeared with a diversity of stars such as Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Connie Stevens and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Charlie occasionally plays for visiting jazz vocal artists at the Yardbird Suite, including Trudy Desmond, Jeri Brown, and Flora Ware amongst others....
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“Charlie is a most accomplished musician, his playing is at once strong and deeply sensitive, he has a beautiful sense of time, and his influences speak to me of Bill Evans and George Shearing, with a little Fats Waller tossed in. He is equally at home ‘stepping out’, developing modal concepts and painting an aural depth that describes space and sound in an ethereal manner.” -- Cindy McLeod, www.jazzelements.com

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