Charlie Keeling

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A trumpeter, guitarist, composer, arranger and bandleader with experience across classical, jazz, musical theatre, rock, blues, funk and pop

*Trumpet* On the trumpet I am experienced in classical, small group jazz, big band (especially lead) and musical theatre. I am a confident improviser and a good sight-reader. In addition, I have been principal trumpet of numerous orchestras. *Guitar* On the guitar I can play in a huge variety of styles, including musical theatre, jazz, funk, blues (including slide guitar), rock, metal and reggae. I comfortably read chord symbols, standard notation and tablature as well as being able to play by ear and confidently improvise. I have a strong understanding of effects and their uses particularly in musical theatre, as demonstrated by my performance in NYMT’s production of Chess, a show with a very varied and demanding guitar part. *Ensemble player / bandleader / arranger / composer* I have played in a lot of ensembles of varying sizes and genres, which has given me the abilities to either lead the group or sit back and accompany depending on what the situation calls for. Most notably I formed a rock band to play a set of covers at a local festival, and I lead a jazz sextet that plays my compositions and arrangements of standard tunes. GEAR: *Brass* • B♭ trumpet • Flügelhorn • Piccolo trumpet • E♭/D trumpet • Tenor horn • Soprano trombone • Bass trumpet • Mutes: straight, cup, Harmon, plunger, bucket, Solotone, piccolo straight, bass straight *Guitars* • Electric guitar (6- and 7-strings) • Steel-string and nylon-string acoustic guitars • Steel-string baritone acoustic guitar • Banjo • Mandolin • Ukulele

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Musical theatre, Classical, Fanfare, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Acoustic, Disco, Funk, Soul, Pop, Covers, Rock, Heavy metal, Indie, Ska
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Theatre / Show, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Actor, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

*Solo Guitar + Vocals*
~open to any requests of any genre but this is the setlist I have prepared~
Lazy Boy Dash - Jimmie's Chicken Shack
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
Boys Will Be Bugs - Cavetown
Right Next Door - Robert Cray
As The World Caves In - Matt Maltese
I Can't Remember Love (from "The Queen's Gambit") - Anna Hauss
Wait for Sleep - Dream Theater
Save Me - Queen
Cancer - My Chemical Romance
Bleeding Me - Metallica
Mama Said - Metallica
Cherry Wine - Hozier
~open to any requests of any genre but this is the setlist we have prepared; everything from the previous list is also applicable~
Headfirst for Halos - My Chemical Romance
Hysteria - Muse
Thank God I'm Not You - Himalayas
Poor Twisted Me - Metallica
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Bank Holiday - Blur
For Want Of - Rite of Spring
I Don't Care - Fall Out Boy
Take the Power Back - Rage Against the Machine
Can't Stop - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Holiday / Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Into the Fire - Deep Purple
Little Monster - Royal Blood
Too Bad - Rival Sons
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Back in Black - AC/DC
Lithium - Nirvana
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
London Calling - The Clash
*Jazz standards*
~any blues, rhythm changes, or vamp~
Blue Bossa
Idle Moments
Little Sunflower
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Red Clay
Take Five
*Solo Trumpet*
The Last Post
Trumpet Voluntary/The Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Queen of the Night's Aria (for Eb trumpet) - Mozart
Trumpet Concerto - Haydn
Trumpet Concerto - Neruda
Cello Suites (for trumpet) - Bach
Concert Etude - Goedicke
Red, White and Blues - Bernstein
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano - Hindemith
Variations on a Theme from Norma - Arban
*Musical Theatre (pit)*
School of Rock
Sister Act
Wizard of Oz
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
*Orchestral (all trumpet parts including piccolo and contralto/bass trumpet where applicable)*
Mahler 1
Mahler 5
Dvorak 9 (New World Symphony)
Tchaikovsky 4
Capriccio Espagnole - Rimsky-Korsakov
Carmen - Bizet
Symphony No. 3 - Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff
Espana - Chabrier
Verdi Requiem
Petrushka - Stravinsky
Rite of Spring - Stravinsky
Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky arr. Ravel
*Big Band*
In the Mood
Backrow Politics
Count Bubba
Jazz Police
April in Paris
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Soul Bossa Nova
The Chicken
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Based on the variety of positive feedback I've received, the characteristics most often mentioned are my accuracy, quality of tone, attention to detail, proficiency on doubling instruments, matching my style to the piece, ensemble and occasion, and use of effects and extended techniques.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

• Trafalgar Square • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Festival Hall • Barbican • Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire • The Curve, Leicester • Painted Hall, Greenwich • St John's Smith Square • Fairfield Hall, Croydon • Monserrat, Sp • Rose Theatre, Kingston • Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham • Lesnes Abbey • Danson Park • The Exchange, Erith

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Clifford Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Adam Neely The Beatles, Cream, Abba, Hozier, Yvette Young Megadeth, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Bring Me the Horizon, Poison the Well, My Chemical Romance, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

When I was 10, I played an adaptation of the Swan Lake suite with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, in Trafalgar Square, to an audience of several thousand. It was my first major orchestral experience of dozens so far, and is one of the reasons I now love performing so much.

How much time do you need to set up?

Trumpet - 5-10 mins Guitar - 10-30 mins For both instruments, setup time greatly depends on how many doubling instruments I have, and in the case of the guitar, the backline/PA setup.


From customers:

1 year ago

A very reliable all-round musician.

Will D
2 years ago

Saw Charlie at a local festival and thought he was really cool and really knew what he was doing!