The Charlie Austin Trio: with Rene Worst on bass, Mike Gillespie on drums, and Charlie Austin on piano.
With a performance career spanning four decades, Charlie Austin has played professionally across Western Canada in a variety of settings, including The Tommy Banks Show on CBC and the 1970's and 80's ITV Concert series, where he accompanied singers such as Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Viki Carr, Connie Stevens, Carol Lawrence, and others. Charlie was the house band pianist and arranger for Second City Television (SCTV), produced in Edmonton. Jazz performances include dates with CBC Radio-Jazz Canadiana and Sam Noto. For over thirty years, Charlie taught in Grant MacEwan University’s Jazz Program, where he influenced a generation of Western Canadian jazz musicians. His comprehensive jazz piano text has been sold around the world. Now retired, Charlie continues to perform, teach, record, and inspire.
Rene has been a major presence on the Vancouver jazz scene since 1971. His virtuosic abilities and supportive presence have established him as an internationally known bassist, producer and teacher, performing with the likes of Alice Stuart, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, and many more over his long career. He is one of the founding members of noted fusion band “Skywalk” with whom he has produced six recordings, as well as performing and producing albums with his wife, vocalist Jennifer Scott, and he has appeared on innumerable recordings as a sideman.
A veteran of the Edmonton jazz scene, Mike Gillespie has worked with such Edmonton notables as Judi Singh, Bryan Sim, Andrew Glover and Mark Andrews, and as a sideman with many other local and international musicians. His trio with Stuart Crosley and John Taylor released a CD “NuSteps” in 2005. Mike is member of the "Jazz Passages" trio with Bryan Sim and Farley Scott. He first played with Charlie in 1982, and has been a key member of the Charlie Austin Trio in recent years.