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Charlie Ballantine is an internationally renowned, award winning, touring guitarist. He has been a featured headlining artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival, The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, The Indianapolis Jazz Festival, The Virginia Ave. Folk Festival, The Bloomington Jazz Festival, The Elkhart Jazz Festival, and The Fountain Square Music Festival. Charlie is also a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell's (Detroit), and The Chatterbox (Indianapolis). His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.
In early 2015 Charlie released his debut album "Green" which earned him national recognition including being awarded 2015 "Jazz Musician of the Year" by NUVO Magazine. Less then a year later Charlie's award winning, sophmore album "Providence" was released in May of 2016 and has helped him gain international acclaim through reviews from a wide variety of prestigious publications (Jazz Times, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Absolute Sound, Midwest Record) as well as making it into the top 100 on the jazz radio chart and being played on hundreds of stations worldwide. His third album "Where Is My Mind?" was released in July 2017 and has been widely reviewed and played on multiple continents including Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. The highly anticipated fourth album "Life Is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan" to be released in April of 2018 has already created a lot of buzz in both jazz and folk music circles and will be touring around the world most of 2018.
Chris Parker is a freelance musician and music educator from the Bloomington/Indianapolis Indiana areas. As a jazz drummer, he has performed with Jamey Aebersold, Greg Abate, Jim Snidero, Dave Stryker, Charlie Ballantine, Roger Pemberton, Frank Glover, Monika Herzig, and many others. Chris maintains a weekly private teaching schedule in addition to performing regularly. He has a newly released studio album under his name, “Moving Forward Now”. The record features Parker’s arrangements and compositions played by some of the Midwest’s finest jazz musicians; it is available on most online music platforms.
Jazz saxophonist, woodwind specialist, and music educator Amanda Gardier is based out of Indianapolis, IN, where she performs regularly as a bandleader, a session musician, pit musician, and sideman. Amanda is a frequent performer at notable venues including The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre(Carmel), and the Chatterbox (Indianapolis). She has performed at a variety of festivals including the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Bloomington Jazz Festival, Penrod Art Festival, Fountain Square Music Festival, and more. Amanda performed for the Walt Disney Company as a member of the 2012 Disneyland All-American College Band. She has also performed for Holland-America Cruise Lines, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Cardinal Stage Company, and Wood & Rodin Music Production. Throughout her career, Amanda has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Dave Stryker, Leni Stern, Wayne Wallace, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Jamie Baum, Tom Garling, Rosa Avila, Sal Lozano, and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.
Jesse Wittman is an upright bassist, composer, and educator based in Indianapolis, IN. He has performed with Frank Glover, Matt Pivec, Rob Dixon, Charlie Ballantine, and countless other. Jesse also teaches jazz bass at Butler University and hold a masters degree in composition. Some of his original works can be heard on Matt Pivec's album 'Time and Direction'.