Bold. Potent. Steeped in the history of their craft and in total command of their instruments. Charlie Harrington and the Jazz ExpressTM is a dynamic 10-piece ensemble combining the sound and force of a big band with the intimacy and interplay of a small group. The result is a group dedicated to performing distinct music ranging from straight-ahead to classic to mainstream to swing, all with jaw-dropping musicianship. They radiate the enthusiasm and power found in the tradition of the historic jazz bands that came before them, but with an eye towards today's progressive sound of originality and verve. "The world doesn't need another good band, it needs something unforgettable, spectacular, and amazing that brings a new audience to this incredible art form," says Charlie. The ensemble has earned a reputation of showcasing accomplished, dedicated musicians.
The group has thrilled and entertained appreciative audiences across the U.S. and internationally. They draw capacity crowds with their distinctive high-octane style and signature sound. Audiences hear electrifying musicianship replete with unique improvisation, spontaneity, and reverence for the art form. The band continues to reach new audiences receiving accolades for artistry, presentation, and technique.
Charlie explains his approach to performance as:
"Our sound allows for individual emoting and spontaneity. We're fueled on swing, groove, and inventiveness. We aspire to inspire each other on stage with new expressions and in the process take our audience on a musical journey with us."
"The group exudes excitement and handles everything from the most complex jazz rock charts to delicate ballads with relative aplomb. Charlie Harrington and the Jazz Express are music versatility personified." Long Island Press
"There is probably no more comprehensive talented entertainers than Charlie Harrington and the Jazz Express. They are show stopping, hard hitting, super swinging, masters of groove that perform with a disciplined "take no prisoners" approach. Not to be missed." Star Tribune
"Charlie Harrington and the Jazz Express are veritable masters of their craft. Run, do not walk, at any opportunity to experience this band!" Rocky Mountain News
"Led by superb drumming, Charlie Harrington and the Jazz Express delivers music that swings and grooves, is always well performed at the highest level, and brings many people, including musicians, to jazz." The Nashville City Paper