Charlie Ard

Jazz Composer, Arranger SuperJazz 1930's

Died: May 16, 2002 Birmingham, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Charles "Charlie" Ard was a jazz trombonist, arranger and composer who resided in Birmingham. For many years, he was respected as one of the finest trombonists in the southeast. He was a founding member of the SuperJazz Big Band, contributing many fine arrangements to the band's library. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2001.




AB SuperJazz, Featuring Ellis Marsalis is a CD, recorded in 2001 by the SuperJazz Big Band (formerly "UAB SuperJazz") of Birmingham, Alabama with guest piano soloist Ellis Marsalis. The recording, produced by University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty members Ray Reach and Henry Panion, is a compilation of musical selections recorded in concert at the Alys Stephens Center on the campus of UAB. The album was mixed at the UAB Recording Studio. Recording engineers for the project were Blake English and James Bevelle. Remix engineers were James Bevelle and Ray Reach.

The CD was originally released on the UAB Entertainment label, a company which was founded by Henry Panion. The musical selections on the CD represent a variety of big band (jazz orchestra) arrangements, some done by well-known big band arrangers, and others done by members of the SuperJazz Big Band, including the band's founding director Dr. Everett Lawler, saxophonist Neil McLean, trombonist Charles Ard, pianist / vocalist Ray Reach, and noted jazz educator Steve Sample, Sr.



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