Site Director, Freire Charter Middle School
Charles is a local Philadelphia musician and educator originally from Chicago. Charles moved to Philadelphia, after graduating with honors from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign in Jazz Performance, as a part of the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Teach For America Corps. Since completing his commitment to Teach For America and his Master's Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Education, Charles has been making a name for himself as a musician in the Mid-Atlantic and New York regions. A saxophonist, pianist, guitarist and composer, Charles' musical background is as diverse as his professional and educational backgrounds. He has performed with legends such as late Jazz Violin great Johnny Frigo, Count Basie drummer Harold Jones, Frank Sinatra drummer Bob Chmel, The Bad Plus, The Brubeck Brothers Trio, Jeff Campbell, Dana Hall, Harold Mabern, Wayne Escoffery, Eric Alexander, Harry Allen, Grant Stewart and Steve Wilson among others.