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Charles D. Jennison

For more than 30 years, Charlie worked with Seacoast NH based jazz pianist Tommy Gallant, a teacher at the Berklee School of Music who heavily influenced Charlie's growth as a musician and music educator. Charlie also studied classically with Dr. Donald Bravo and with such major jazz figures as Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Mariano, Jerry Coker, and Ted Casher.

Additionally, Charlie has shared the stage or been in the recording studio with such notable jazz musicians as Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy DeFranco, Alan Dawson, and Marshal Royal as well as backing up live performances for other exceptional musicians such as Rosemary Clooney, Carmen Bradford, Natalie Cole, Andy Williams, Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz violinist Sara Caswell, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and singer/songwriter Jon Bon Jovi!

Currently teaching at Phillips Exeter Academy where he is a member of the faculty jazz quartet, Charlie also offers private instruction on classical and jazz saxophone for all levels of experience, as well as piano instruction for beginning and intermediate players. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and Masters in Composition from Lesley University.

Charlie is also available for adjudicating at jazz festivals & appearing as a visiting artist/soloist/clinician with high school bands. He brings to the table years of experience gained from adjudicating at the All State Jazz Festivals in both NH & ME, as well as for the Clark Terry Jazz Festival held annually at UNH.

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The definition of a working musician is someone who plays, teaches, writes, arranges, and records music. As an established performing musician in the New Hampshire music scene for decades, multi-instrumentalist Charlie Jennison has done all of that – and more. Since Charlie has been known to play not only piano and all of the saxophones as well as flute, clarinet, & piccolo, but also percussion, bass, and a variety of indigenous instruments from around the world, musicians from Portland to Boston who know Charlie joke that if you handed Charlie a cheeseburger, he’d figure out how to play “Yankee Doodle” on it!

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