With a performance career spanning four decades, Charlie Austin has played professionally across Western Canada in a variety of settings, including The Tommy Banks Show on CBC and the 1970's and 80's ITV Concert series, where he accompanied singers such as Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Viki Carr, Connie Stevens, Carol Lawrence, and others. Charlie was the house band pianist and arranger for Second City Television (SCTV), produced in Edmonton. Jazz performances include dates with CBC Radio-Jazz Canadiana and Sam Noto. For over thirty years, Charlie taught in Grant MacEwan University’s Jazz Program, where he influenced a generation of Western Canadian jazz musicians. An Approach to Jazz Piano, his comprehensive jazz piano text, has been sold around the world. Now retired, Charlie continues to perform, teach, record, and inspire, releasing albums IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU in 2012, and HOMAGE in 2014.
Charlie is a most accomplished musician, his playing is at once strong and deeply sensitive, he has a beautiful sense of time, and his influences speak to me of Bill Evans and George Shearing, with a little Fats Waller tossed in.
Cindy McLeod, Jazz Elements
An Approach to Jazz Piano
Revised Fifth Edition, 2013
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Charles Austin is one of the most innovative and creative jazz instructors and performers currently writing educational material.
Lee Prosser, Jazz Review
In this clearly written text, first published in 2001, Charles Austin draws on a lifetime of experience as a professional jazz pianist, and three decades as a college instructor guiding hundreds of students in the fundamentals of jazz piano. Revised and updated Fifth Edition available as a 456 page coilbound paperback or PDF eBook. More..