Charlie Dennard is an American keyboardist, composer and arranger who currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
For the last 20 years Charlie has performed and recorded internationally with a variety of jazz, blues and world music ensembles, as well as two separate Cirque du Soleil installations.
Beginning with piano lessons at the age of 6, Charlie continued his music education at Auburn University before completing his Bachelors Degree in Music Media and Industry from the esteemed University of Miami in 1992. Charlie received his Masters Degree in Music from the University of New Orleans in 1998, where he was a jazz piano student of the legendary Ellis Marsalis.
Charlie moved to New Orleans in early 1996 to get more intimate with the city that gave birth to Jazz. He quickly embedded himself in the scene, forming a jazz organ trio called 5 O’Clock Charlie and began recording and gigging with established musicians and many emerging new talents.
Charlie had the distinct honor of performing with jazz masters Jason and Delfeayo Marsalis, Nicolas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, Nancy King, Johnny Vidacovich and Ed Peterson, as well as the more funk influenced musicians like George Porter, Stanton Moore, Skerik and Charlie Hunter.
During this time Charlie was also an integral member of several prominent groups such as the New World Funk Ensemble, Quintology, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe, Stanton Moore and Theresa Andersson.