WELD — A free jazz concert featuring the Charlie Jennison Trio will be held Sunday, July 31, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Weld Town Hall as part of the town’s bicentennial celebration. 

The members of this talented group have collaborated in many ways over the past several decades, the most recent being their participation in the Faculty Jazz Sextet at the University of New Hampshire. Collectively, they have played with many of the finest musicians of various genres both inside and outside the jazz community and bring a wealth of musical experience to the stage, performing both original and standard repertoire.

Charlie Jennison has devoted most of his career to high school instrumental instruction, but fills the definition of a working musician as someone who also plays, writes, arranges and records music. As an established performing musician in the New Hampshire music scene for decades, multi-instrumentalist Jennison has done all of that — and more.

For more than 30 years, Jennison worked with Hampton, N.H., based jazz pianist Tommy Gallant, a teacher at the Berklee School of Music and an alumnus of Woody Herman’s band, who heavily influenced Jennison’s growth as a musician and music educator. Jennison also studied with such major jazz figures as Jerry Bergonzi, Charlie Mariano, Jerry Coker, and Ted Casher, and has published a jazz saxophone method entitled “The Jazz Language of the Saxophone.”

David Newsam grew up in Connecticut where he was a student of Robert Shaw. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with Jim Kelly, Larry Baione and William Leavitt. Newsam recently completed his studies in the Modern American Music program at Longy School of Music where he studied with Thom Noren and Charlie Banacos.

Newsam currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He is also employed as a senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he teaches guitar and jazz improvisation. He created the jazz guitar program at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches, directs the UNH Jazz Guitar Ensemble and coaches jazz ensembles.

Ohn Hunter has performed in concerts and television appearances from Maine to San Francisco, accompanying such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, Paquito d’Rivera, Bobby Watson and Ken Peplowski, to name a few. He also has extensive folk music experience, playing for many years with the Shaw Brothers and other New England folk artists at Prescott Park and other venues.

A seasoned studio player, Hunter appears on many diverse recordings of original and standard material, including an album with Randy Armstrong and DOA World Music Ensemble, and his trio CD “Skylight” has received rave reviews. He is also a frequent performer with the Granite State Symphony, the Portland Symphony Pops and the Hanover Chamber Orchestra.  

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