Charles Boles Quartet

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Charles Boles Quartet
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Background Information




Jazz, Blues

Years Active

2012 - Present


Detroit Music Factory


Charles Boles - Piano
Ron English - Gutiar
John Dana - Bass
Renell Gonsalves - Drums


Charles Boles is a Detroit jazz pianist born 1933 and in raised in the city’s Black Bottom district. Encouraged by his adoptive mother’s cousin, the legendary Fats Waller. As a young student, Boles was mentored by the legendary pianist Barry Harris, regularly sitting in on challenging and exciting jam sessions at Harris’ house. By the time he was 12, Boles was sitting in with the big fellas, cutting his chops with the likes of famed trumpeter Donald Byrd, bassist Paul Chambers and pianist Tommy Flanagan.

Charles Boles has spent a lifetime zeroing in on the sound that has made him a sought-after piano player. He's shared the stage and studio with such legendary figures as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mel Torme, The Dells, Mary Wells, Dinah Washington and host of others. He’s been a fixture around Detroit as well, from the Hastings Street days to his latest regular gig, every Tuesday night at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe since mid-2012. Boles took over the late Johnnie Bassett’s Tuesday night spot at the Dirty Dog. He brought in Ron English to the band. Boles recalls, That guy plays guitar and I’m going to replace a guitar player, so maybe I should have a guitar in the band

On December 10, 2013 The Charles Boles Quartet featuring Ron English released their first album Blue Continuum on the Detroit Music Factory label.


CD's/Digital downloads:


Charles Boles and His Quartet Perform Live - The Craig Fahle Show
Blue Continuum Audio on Youtube


External Links