The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU present guitarist Charlie Ballantine in concert on Sunday January 27th at UVA’s Brooks Hall at 7:00 pm

The Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU are pleased to bring guitarist Charlie Ballantine and his trio to Charlottesville for the first time, kicking off the 2019 CJS jazz concert season. The concert will be held in UVA’s Brooks Hall at 7:00 pm on Sunday January 27th.

Named Indianapolis’ "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015, 2016, and 2017 by NUVO Magazine, Ballantine was born in the American heartland of Indiana. He has two recent recordings out: 2017’s Where Is My Mind? And the new Life Is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan. These and Ballantine’s two albums prior all draw from music he heard growing up in the Midwest, and from his experiences there. He is the son of a blues guitarist, and his dad exposed him to many of the best guitarists on the scene: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and others. When he was 15 years old Ballantine received his first guitar, and discovered the music of John Scofield, Bill Frisell and other modern masters.

Ballantine graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a degree in Jazz Studies; he currently teaches guitar performance at Marian University in Indianapolis. He will be joined on this tour by Quinn Sternberg on bass and Chris Parker on drums.

Bob Dylan was one of Ballantine’s earliest influences as a musician. Asked about the challenges of making an album of jazz versions of Dylan songs, he said “There is definitely a harmonic difference between jazz and folk music. They’re almost on two different ends of the spectrum harmonically. You have jazz, which is the highest level of harmony, and folk music, which is typically three chord tunes. So we really worked hard in the arranging process to do our best to combine both of those worlds.”