A protege of Ellis Marsalis, Charlie has performed with a virtual Who’s Who in New Orleans, including New World Funk Ensemble, Quintology, Michael Ray (from the Sun Ra Arkestra and Kool and the Gang), Stanton Moore (of Galactic), G Love and Special Sauce, Charlie Hunter, Juice, and Theresa Andersson to name a few. In 1996 Dennard produced his first CD of all original music featuring his own band, 5 O’Clock Charlie, entitled “The Lookout.” As a sideman, Charlie has also recorded alongside many greats such as the Birmingham Metropolitan Orchestra, Charles Neville, Steve Masakowski, and Robert Moore.

Charlie’s composing and arranging skills have graced the books of many of New Orleans best groups. His writing is extensively featured on both of Quintology’s highly acclaimed CDs, including the title track of their second disc, “Blues By 5.” Also, his compositions, and collaborations with co-Quintologist Brian Seeger, make up a large part of the repertoire of Stanton Moore’s Moore and More.

Charlie has a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans, as well as an undergraduate degree in Music Media and Industry from the renowned University of Miami. Along with his performing schedule, Charlie is currently a piano and ensemble instructor at Delgado Community College and UNO.






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