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Charlie Jennison - Jazz - Hummingbird Farm Productions: Blog

If you’re playing live, it’s a great opportunity to get photos of you and your music in action. You know that. I know that. So why do we always forget?  Honestly, it’s probably because we’re so focused on the task at hand – playing a quality show. But if you’re not already, it’s time to start thinking about making that show work for you, even after it’s done.

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New Year's Resolutions

Posted on January 4, 2019 with 0 comments

Howdy and Happy New Year!

It has been said that if you tell others about your New Year's resolutions, that creates more incentive to actually accomplish your goals so others won't eventually see you fail in an embarrassing fashion.  

One of my musical goals this year is to reprint the "Iridescence" Quartet album (available for download elsewhere on this site) so that I will have physical copies to sell on the gig and distribute online.

Look for that release sometime in February.

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Getting back on the horse

Posted on March 27, 2018 with 0 comments
Wow - maintaining a blog is definitely not for the faint of heart!  Although I have been performing in New Hampshire on a fairly regular basis, I certainly have not been advertising the fact too effectively.  I know myself too well to make any promises that I will sit down on a regular basis, say at least once a week, but this brief message is my attempt to start making a regular effort to keep my fans (assuming I have any left) updated as to my recent musical activity.
One thing that is emerging from what otherwise looks like an empty landscape is the fact that I have been arranging several charts for the big bands that I have been a part of for the last few years.  I have written both vocal and instrumental arrangements for the Freese Brothers Band from Concord, the Blue Note Big Band from North Hampton, and the Seacoast Band, which generally rehearses in Durham.  You can catch some of the Harry Jones concert by checking the "News" section of this website.  The [...]
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The Big Band in Jazz

Posted on August 16, 2016 with 0 comments
The Big Band in Jazz - from a lecture to be delivered at the University of New England on Oct. 4th, 2016.
Questions about jazz in general?
Definitive sources of information(with thanks to
“Early Jazz” by Gunther Schuller ISBN: 0-19-504043-0
Early Jazz is one of the seminal books on American jazz, ranging from the beginnings of jazz as a distinct musical style at the turn of the century to its first great flowering in the 1930s. Schuller explores the music of the great jazz soloists of the twenties--Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and others--and the big bands and arrangers--Fletcher Henderson, Bennie Moten, and especially Duke Ellington--placing their music in the context of the other musical cultures of the twentieth century and offering analyses of many great jazz recordings. Early Jazz provides a musical tour of the early American jazz world. A classic study, it is both a splendid introduction for students [...]
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Free educational content!

Posted on May 2, 2016 with 0 comments
This area of the website will be receiving more attention from now on, as I have decided to start posting excerpts from both my saxophone method book and a new set of jazz piano exercises I have been developing for my students.  Look for updates in early May.

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