Thursday, January 18th, 2018 4:42 PM

Charley Gerard

Charley Gerard is the director of the BRSQ. He is a composer, saxophonist, editor (Gerard & Sarzin Pub.) and author of books on Latin music and jazz.  
 
Awards and grants
Cultural Arts Council of Houston Artist-In-Residence, Meet the Composer,
ASCAP Standard Awards, Outstanding Academic Title 1998 Choice Magazine for Jazz In Black and White, Finalist in the category “Best Research in Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music” 2002 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) for Music From Cuba


Assorted reviews
“Brilliant music by Gerard.” Dance Magazine (1976)
 
“Saxophonist Charley Gerard is a gifted composer in his own right, as anyone present at neighboring St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church’s Halloween concert might remember. That concert premiered Gerard’s piece The Headless Horseman, a jazzy, galloping romp of fun fright, and definitely one of that evening’s highlights.” Brooklyn Eagle 12/03/2009
 
The world premiere of “Dvorak Jazz Dances” by Charley Gerard: 
"The audience didn't just like it, they whooped, yelped, bravoed each selection and each extraordinary musician of Washington Musica Viva: Carl Banner (piano), James King (bass), Syberen van Munster (guitar), and Lenny Robinson (drums)....After the Czech Embassy standing ovation, one audience member summed it up: “This music makes me feel it’s good to be alive.” http://www.examiner.com/art-travel-in-washington-dc/world-premiere-of-dvorak-inspired-jazz-piece-wows-at-czech-embassy-review#ixzz1Z63xPKZo



 
Performances of his own music
Juilliard School of Music, Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2005 tour of Bürgenland, Austria with the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, Czech Embassy Mutual Inspirations Festival, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Houston Festival and many churches and libraries. Performers the musical theatre group Golden Fleece, Ltd., the alto saxophone and viola duo The Irrelevants, Eight Strings and a Whistle (flute, viola and cello), Washington Square Winds, the chamber ensemble Washington Musica Viva, The One World Symphony and the orchestra of the Conductors Institute at Bard College 
 
Teaching experience
Rutgers University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: courses in jazz, the music of New Orleans, early rock ’n’ roll, Latin music and songwriting
United Federation of Teachers Si Beagle Learning Center: Courses in jazz and Latin music
Columbia University (NYC). Instructor for Music Appreciation
High School for the Performing and Visual arts (Houston, TX). Composition instructor