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: stage shows with nightclub performers like Al Martino, Mel Torme', and
Patti Page, Broadway shows, Dixieland show clubs, and free-lance engagements
at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Church Street Station in
Orlando. Orlando being an attractive workplace, Charlie played for four
years at Circus World Theme Park as first trumpeter and assistant 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, 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 BERTINI¹S APPLEJAZZ BAND CLASSIC
PERFORMANCES and TRIOLOGY and two Christmas albums; CHRISTMAS COOKIES and
FRESH BATCH (on Arbors Records) which have become holiday jazz classics in
the industry. Charlie has recorded thirteen albums with Bill Allred's
Classic Jazz Band and has produced over eighty-five albums for other
artists, with more in the works. Charlie is also the executive director of
the annual AppleJazz Festival held in upstate NY. 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, and instructs 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.