Successful Professional Entertainer, Musician and Educator with 50 years of experience in the vast entertainment world controlling finances, budgets, programs, operations and performances.

My education began early on, growing up in the entertainment industry with two prominent, influential parents and all their peers, my father, Charles Rouse, a renowned and celebrated Saxophonist in American Jazz History, my mother an acclaimed dancer in the Savoy Theater and the legendary Cotton Club with Lena Horn. My business education in the music industry stems from working with George Wein, one of the most prominent producers in America.

Professional Summary

The Charles Rouse Legacy LLC

2017 – Present

Founder and President

  • Director of Marketing & Programming - The Stillwater Zephyr Theatre
  • Developing - WHRR Rouse Internet Radio station
  • Jazz Education – lectures and workshop presentations
  • Touring - The Rouse Legacy Band
  • Writing and producing - Rouse Legacy Records

The Charles Rouse Institute of Performing Arts - Rouse Entertainment


Executive Director

  • Proprietor of Chico’s House of Jazz and Blues, Producer of FYI Vibes Radio Web station
  • 18 years producing the Asbury Park Jazz Festival, 7 years producing the Long Branch Ocean Festival, 4 years producing the Red Bank River Fest.

Asbury Partners LLC


Executive Director of the Convention Center & Special Events

  • Coordinated, marketed and contracted family entertainment for various city venues and events. Responsible for generating entertainment revenue, over $1 million was raised annually. Facilitated maintenance and the procurement of audio-visual equipment supervised related requirements.

City of Asbury Park NJ


General Manager of the Convention Center and Special Events

  • Directed the resurrection and restoration of the city’s Convention Center to a desired local for family entertainment (generated over $250,000 annually in revenue)
  • Coordinated “City by the Sea” a Warner Bros film featuring Robert DeNiro, Co-produced six episodes of HBO’s award winning series “The Sopranos” while on location. Facilitated a business partnership bringing professional basketball to the Asbury Park Convention Hall.

Hilton Hotels Corporation, Long Branch, NJ


Director of Special Events

  • Directed over 50 shows annually for five National hotel locations, with artist such as; Glen Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Cherelles and The Tokens

Solid Gold Productions Inc. Neptune NJ


Owner and CEO

  • Owned and operated a diversified entertainment consulting company where I marketed, produced and occasionally performed in various shows and entertainment venues.

Count Basie Theater, Red Bank NJ


Entertainment Coordinator

  • Coordinated the first Jon Bon Jovi Christmas Benefit, resurrecting the Count Basie Theater back to national concert circuit levels.
Artist in Residence - Training Affiliations
  • School Districts: 2011 Asbury Park, 1996 Long Branch, 1989 Atlantic City, 1988 Lacy Twp.
  • 1990 to 1993 Path Program at Monmouth University
  • Rutgers University - Mason Gross
  • Rowan University
Professional Affiliations
  • New Jersey State Council of the Arts
  • New Jersey Jazz & Blues Foundation
  • USO Tours
  • Committee of the Ocean Festivals on Long Branch NJ
  • NY Jazz Institute
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Smithsonian Anthology Collection
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African History
  • National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Library of Congress
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • Jazz Composers Service
  • Sound Exchange
Professional Musicians
  • Performed with Charles Earland, George Duke, Frank Foster, Jimmy Ponder, Eric Gale, Jimmy McGriff, George Benson, Bill Saxon, Melvin Sparks, Anne Moore…..
  • Studied under Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Charles Persip, Freddie Waits, Norman Grossman, Keith Copeland, Warren Smith, Ben Riley

Produced and Promoted

BB King, Smokey Robinson, Spyro Gyra, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Temptations, Pat Metheney, Alex Bugnon, Lou Reed, Bob Baldwin, Kim Waters, Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows, Special EFX, Bobby Blue, Angela Bofill, Chieli Minucci, Blink 182, Creed, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt, 50 Cent, Joe Sample, DMC, Johnny Mistro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Chuck Loeb, Pantera, Bernie Mac, Keith Murray, WWF Wrestling, Professional Boxing, Warped Tour, Mingus Dynasty, Weird Al Yankovic, Noel Pointer, Dave Valentin, Pieces of a Dream, Stanley Clark, Roberta Flack, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Jordan, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, Max Roach, Inboom, Mingus Dynasty, World Saxophone Quartet, Roy Airs, Lonnie Listin Smith...etc.

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