Charlie Ballantine
Instructor of Guitar
Steffen Music Center



Charlie Ballantine is an internationally renowned, award winning, touring guitarist. He has been a featured headlining artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival, The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, The Indianapolis Jazz Festival, The Virginia Ave. Folk Festival, The Bloomington Jazz Festival, The Elkhart Jazz Festival, and the Fountain Square Music Festival. Charlie is also a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell's (Detroit), and the Chatterbox (Indianapolis). His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.

In early 2015 Charlie released his debut album "Green" which earned him national recognition including being awarded 2015 "Jazz Musician of the Year" by NUVO Magazine. Less than a year later Charlie's award winning, sophomore album "Providence" was released in May of 2016 and has helped him gain international acclaim through reviews from a wide variety of prestigious publications (Jazz Times, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Absolute Sound, Midwest Record) as well as making it into the top 100 on the jazz radio chart and being played on hundreds of stations worldwide. The highly anticipated fourth album "Life is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan" released in April of 2018 has already been widely reviewed in both the United States and Europe as well as also making it on the international Jazz Radio Chart top 60. Charlie will be touring the record around the world for most of 2018.

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