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Charlie Dennard
Charlie is an American keyboardist, composer and arranger who currently resides in New Orleans, LA. 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.
Always one to explore new horizons and opportunities, Charlie tried out for the Cirque du Soleil, got the gig, and embarked on a globe trotting adventure that would take him all around the world as a musician and music director for the Canadian avant-garde company. After touring with Alegria, for 1,700 show in 12 different countries, Charlie rested for a while in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
During his hiatus from traveling, Dennard composed the music for the Brazilian acrobatic circus "Universo Casuo" produced and directed by his former Cirque du Soleil colleague Marcos Casuo (2008). Upon the launch the new Cirque brand, "Totem", Charlie was asked to return to his music director duty and another globe trotting chapter would follow for the next 5 years. During a North American stretch, Charlie did a memorable performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Over the years, some of Charlie’s remarkable recording credits include the Birmingham Metropolitan Orchestra, Charles and Ian Neville (Neville Brothers), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Cleve Eaton (Count Basie), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers) and Steve Masakowski. Now, back again in his adopted home of New Orleans, Charlie has returned to his roots, reforming his jazz organ trio and releasing 5 O’Clock Charlie.
homepage: www.charliedennard.com
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Doodlin Records

Charlie Dennard, keyboards
Dani Andreotti, guitar
Thiago Pinheiro, drums
From Brazil To New Orleans
no label

Charlie Dennard, piano, synthesiser, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, melodica, percussion
Brent Rose, soprano sax, tenor sax, flute, chekere
Ray Moore, soprano sax, alto sax, baritone sax, flute
Rick Trolson, trombone
Eric Lucero, trumpet, flugelhorn
Matt Perrine, sousaphone, bass
Jason Mingledorf, bass clarinet
Annette Bauer, recorder
Josh Geisler, bansuri, guitar
Brian Seeger, guitar
Rick Musallam, guitar
Steve Masakowski, guitar
Jack Craft, cello
Tommy Sciple, bass
Doug Belote, drums
Gerald French, drums
Scott Myers, triangle
Michael Skinkus, percussion
James Mack, percussion
Billy Hutang, percussion
5 O'Clock Charlie
Deneaux Music
recorded March through May 2015 in New Orleans, LA/USA
Charlie Dennard, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes
Doug Belote, drums
Todd Duke, guitar
Geoff Clapp, drums
Deep Blue
Deneaux Music
recorded 2018 in New Orleans, LA/USA
Charlie Dennard, piano, organ
Steve Masakowski, guitar
Brian Seeger, guitar
Ray Moore, sax, flute
Marc Solis, sax, bass clarinet, flute
Jason Mingledorf, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Brad Walker, tenor sax
Rick Trolsen, trombone
Josh Geisler, bansuri flute
Max Moran, bass
Doug Belote, drums
Andrew McLean, tabla, sarod
Carlos Lopez, percussion
no label
recorded 2000 in New Orleans, LA/USA
Charlie Dennard, piano, organ

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