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December 5, 2008

Yardbird Suite Features Pianist Charlie Austin

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Charlie Austin Trio
Saturday, December 6

Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

Edmonton Pianist Features Trio Sound for December Concert

PIanist Charlie Austin, who has influenced an entire generation of western Canadian jazz musicians, appears with his trio at Edmonton’s Yardbird Suite on Saturday, December 6th. Performing original compositions along with choice standards, Charlie appears at the Suite in a trio format with fellow Greg Dust (bass) and Jamie Cooper (drums). The group adds special guest, trumpeter Doug Berner for the concert.

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 is also a first-call player for visiting jazz vocal artists at the Yardbird Suite, including Trudy Desmond, Jeri Brown, and Flora Ware amongst others.

The now-retired full-time professor taught at Grant MacEwan College’s Music Program for over 30 years, where he inspired many students who’ve gone on to become leaders on the scene today. He continues to encourage aspiring musicians during his frequent appearances at local jam sessions.

A published author, Charlie has released 450 Contemporary Piano Studies in 15 Keys (2000), followed by An Approach to Jazz Piano (Volume 1), resource books for music students, Reviewers have praised the books for their well-written, well-informed approach to music instruction. An Approach to Jazz Piano (Volume 1) has also become a popular handbook for professional jazz musicians.

for more info visit www.yardbirdsuite.com

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