Charlie BertiniCharlie Bertini

Charlie Bertini, Trumpet, Jazz Orchestra(back to musicians page)

Favorite Quote:
"Listen to what you know, instead of what you fear."

Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Cole Porter and Duke Ellington

Favorite composer(s) to perform?
Cole Porter and Duke Ellington

Random Fact:
Started professional career at the age of 19, touring with a circus band.

Charlie began trumpet lessons at age nine in Cortland, NY (upstate) and was active in marching band, concert band, orchestra, chorus, and conducting classes. Eager to work professionally, he started his own dance band in the ninth grade. At age 19 he joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus and toured for six years as first trumpeter and later as the musical director. The circus relocated him to Florida where he began to play a variety of gigs: Dixieland show clubs, stage shows with nightclub performers like Al Martino, Mel Torme’, and Patti Page, and free-lance engagements at Walt Disney World and Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida. Orlando being an attractive workplace, Charlie played for four years at Circus World Theme Park as first trumpeter and conductor. This prepared him for a year’s tour as musical director for the Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus. In demand as a first-call trumpeter he has backed up artists such as Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Ray Charles. He has played on network TV specials for Walt Disney World, Ringling Bros Circus, and several PBS music specials. His AppleJazz cable show from his 1995 AppleJazz concert was nominated for a CableAce Award for “Best Music Program For 1995”. As a recording artist, Charlie has six solo albums APPLESASS, JEWELS, ACID DIXIE, OUT OF SEASON, CHARLIE BERTINI’S APPLEJAZZ BAND-CLASSIC PERFORMANCES, and TRIOLOGY (all on AppleJazz Records) and two Christmas albums, CHRISTMAS COOKIES, and FRESH BATCH (on Arbors Records), which are rapidly becoming classics in the industry. Charlie has recorded thirteen albums with Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and has produced over ninety albums for other artists, with more in the works. Charlie was also the executive director of the annual AppleJazz Festival held in upstate NY, which ran for 30 years.. He has played in 45 states, Europe, and China.

As a teacher and clinician he has led workshops and lectures at universities and high schools, is an adjunct professor at Osceola County School for the Arts, and keeps a busy schedule teaching private trumpet students. Still based in Orlando, Charlie enjoys a variety of musical settings and challenges and continues to be one of the most versatile and respected trumpeters and producers in the industry.