At 75 years young, Charlie Jennison has been an active member of the Seacoast jazz scene since the early 1970s when he first appeared on saxophone with the Tommy Gallant trio at the Press Room. A member of both the Capital Jazz Orchestra and the Seacoast Big Band, he also enjoys performing selections from the “Great American Songbook” in the intimacy of the small club and restaurant environment.
Charlie’s contribution to the New Hampshire jazz scene has been multi-faceted. In addition to his performance career, he has also taught jazz improvisation at Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter and St. Paul’s School and played both as a solo artist on piano and with various groups on saxophone in locations from Newburyport to Portland.
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In this multi-media presentation, jazz educator and performer Charlie Jennison presents some of the influential players, venues and organizations that contributed to the rich and diverse jazz scene in the Seacoast area,. Through photographs, recordings, and personal narratives, Charlie, an early member of the Seacoast Jazz Society, paints a colorful picture of the growth and development of this significant American art form in New Hampshire from the 1950s to the present day.
This presentation, originally developed for the 2021 Seacoast Jazz Society lecture series, is designed for remote applications. The length can vary from 45 to 75 minutes, with Q & A following if desired.
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