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The festival's 19th edition, originally scheduled for June 19-27, has been rescheduled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rather than giving up during this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to take a hopeful course and are forging ahead to the best of our ability to reschedule our 19th edition festival for October 2 to 10, 2020. These plans are fully predicated on being able to gather safely according to recommendations of our health and government officials. Read full update

Charlie Carr

Charlie Carr has carved out an impressive career as a versatile trumpet player, equally accomplished in big band, orchestral, and small group settings. As a freelance musician he maintains an active schedule at home as an in-demand session player, being a first-call musician for the many acts, shows, and festivals in Western New York.  

Recently graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a doctorate in Jazz and Music Theory, Carr maintains an active freelance career as an in-demand performer, writer, and educator in the WNY region. His passion and ability to lead an ensemble as a director and lead trumpet player has been heard across the country, with recent appearances at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Eastman School of Music, and the San Diego and New Orleans Jazz Education Network conferences.

Research interests are highly diverse, include radio music of the early 1900’s, Indian music and its influence on jazz musicians of the 50’s and 60’s, and the evolution of jazz criticism in popular literature. Charlie maintains an active research role with the Capitol Records Archive, containing over 10,000 original manuscripts from the golden era of recording.

Outside of performance and research, Charlie maintains a strong commitment to furthering music education and preserving the jazz tradition. He has served as assistant faculty at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin since 2013, providing masterclasses, private instruction, and ensemble direction to middle school and high school aged students. Charlie's research with the Capitol Records Archive has led to presentations at multiple national conferences, with the most recent being the Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans, advocating for the preservation, accessibility, and performance of the classic big band repertoire by the rising generation.

Charlie has performed with such artists as Bill Holman, John McNeely, the John La Barbera Big Band, Dave Liebman, Tanya Darby, Don Menza, Bill Kirtchner, David Glaspar, Dennis Macrell, Clay Jenkins, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, Ray Ricker, Scott Healy, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Faddis, Johnny Mathis, David Paich, Clarence Hines, Reggie Thomas, Jeff Campbell, Charles Pillow, Dave Rivello, Rich Thompson, Carl Allen, Marquis Hill, Derrik Gardner, and many others.

Charlie holds a MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a BMA from Brigham Young University, where he performed with Synthesis and appeared on his first 2 albums, Flyin’ High and The Day After Yesterday


Thu, Jun 25 - 12:00 PM
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County0

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