Charles Salinger Trio

Performances (Tickets)
Artist Bios


Bebop for Benny: Swingin’ with the Goodman sound…

1 After You’ve Gone by Turner Layton
2 I’m Getting Sentimental Over You by George Bassman
3 Waltz Medley –
Fly me to the moon by Bart Howard
Moon River by Henry Mancini
Anniversary waltz by Iosif Ivanovici
4 Limehouse Blues by Philip Braham
5 I Can’t Help Falling In love with You by George David Weiss
6 Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie + Maceo Pinkard
7 Stompin at the Savoy by Edgar Sampson
8 China Boy by Phil Boutelje
9 Memories of You by Eubie Blake


Charles Salinger, Clarinet
David Brody, Bass
Dave Posmontier, Keyboard


Ambler Musicivic wants to thank Ambler Savings Bank for sponsoring the Ambler performances of this program.



Musicivic Everywhere: November 15 (3:00 PM), 18 (7:30 PM)  
Free Tickets

Ambler Musicivic:
November 15 (3:00 PM), 18 (7:30 PM), 20 (7:30 PM)
Sunday 3:00 PM ET 5/2/21
Friday 7:30 PM ET 5/7/21
Free Tickets

Three Village Chamber Players:
November 15 (3:00 PM), 18 (7:30 PM), 20 (7:30 PM)  
Sunday 3:00 PM ET 5/16/21
Friday 7:30 PM ET 5/21/21
Free Tickets

Artist Bios

David Brodie performs regularly with some of Philadelphia’s finest such as Larry McKenna, Tom Lawton, Dave Posmontier and Victor North and has shared the stage locally with some of most notable jazz musicians in the world including Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel , Randy Brecker, and Steve Wilson. He is the bassist for M’oudswing, a world fusion ensemble with whom he has performed at the Tanjazz festival in Tangiers, Morocco and at the Festival Mawazine Rythmes Du Monde in Rabat. He has performed with Symphony in C and with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra at the Perelman Theater and with renowned cellist Kinan Abou-Afach. Brodie appears on the debut trio recording of guitarist Dave Sanders “Turning Point” along with drummer Dan Monaghan and on “Live @ Chris’ Jazz Cafe with Joe Magnarelli He has also played swing music throughout his career, playing and recording with Ronnie James and the Jez Hot Swing Club for years and more recently with The Dixie Kings and with Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society.

Dave Posmontier has been playing keyboard since the age of seven and has played professionally for the past 50 years. In 1980, Dave and his brother Rich formed the Posmontier Brothers Quintet, performing extensively at concerts, clubs, radio and television appearances in the Philadelphia area and producing an album, “PBQ'” of Dave’s original music in 1985. Dave has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Christian McBride, James Moody, Chris Potter, Mickey Roker, Bobbie Durham, John Blake, Mike Richmond, Bootsie Barnes, Tony Williams (sax), Larry McKenna, Grover Washington Jr., David “Fathead” Newman, and Johnny Hartman. He also plays traditional and innovative klezmer music with a band called, “Klingon Klezmer.” They have performed in a number of major concert halls throughout Germany and have released two CDs. Dave also enjoys playing traditional New Orleans jazz and co-leads the Dixie Kings, playing concerts along the East Coast. In celebration of its 100th birthday in 2007, the renowned Settlement Music School  honored 100 alumni who have made a difference in the world of music. Dave and his brother Rich were chosen to receive this honor. Currently, Dave is playing, composing, arranging, teaching, and participating in educational jazz concerts, workshops and clinics in schools throughout the area. Dave can be heard on several CD’s of Philadelphia area jazz artists and in 2010,  released a CD, “Posterity” featuring his original compositions and arrangements. He has recently released a live acoustic trio CD, “Deep Pockets”.

Charles Salinger has been playing principal clarinet in the Delaware Symphony since the 1980s. He plays principal clarinet with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and the Opera Delaware Orchestra as well.

For over 40 years, he has substituted on saxophone as well as clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra he has performed under Eugene Ormandy, Ricardo Muti, Leonard Bernstein, Eric Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Raphael Frubeck deBurgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Charles Dutoit, James DePreist, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Tamirkanov, Bobby McFerrin, John Williams, Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Stephan Deneve, Bramwell Tovey, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.  He has also played with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Reading Symphony, the Philly Pops with Peter Nero as well as the Houston Opera Company, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Allentown Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and The Princeton Chamber Orchestra. In the early 80’s he was engaged to play principal clarinet in Philadelphia for the Kirov Ballet as part of their United States tour.

As a featured soloist with the Delaware Symphony, Mr Salinger has performed the Introduction, Theme, and Variations by Gioacchino Rossini, the Symphonia Concertante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Double Clarinet Concerto in E flat major by Franz Krommer, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by William Bolcom, the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto, the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Leon Botstein conducting, and most recently the Finzi Clarinet Concerto.  Mr. Salinger played the solo clarinet part of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto when the Pennsylvania Ballet performed the ballet entitled K622. 

Other orchestras which engaged him as soloist include the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsy Pops, and the Ocean City Pops, Musica 2000 the Newark (DE) Symphony, the Old York Road Symphony, and Independence Sinfonia.  He has also played chamber performances with the Copeland Quartet, the Philadelphia Trio, and with the former and present principal clarinetists of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Anthony Gigliotti and Ricardo Morales. Recently, Mr. Salinger was featured in a performance of the Brahms Quintet for Clarinet with the Copeland String quartet.

Mr. Salinger attended Temple University and graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1977. While at Curtis, he studied with Anthony Gigliotti, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and worked with such notable musicians as Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff, Karen Tuttle, John deLancie, Isidore Cohen, and Dr. Sol Schoenbach. As a member of the Curtis Institute Symphony, he performed under conductors James Levine, William Steinberg, Claudio Abbado, William Smith, Alexander Schneider, Rafael Frubeck deBurgos, Richard Woitech, and Eugene Ormandy.

He played the Philadelphia legs of the national tours of Wicked, White Christmas, South Pacific, West Side Story, and Phantom of the Opera.

Mr. Salinger also enjoys playing jazz. He has performed with Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band, and free-lancing with several Pop and Klezmer bands playing saxophone in addition to clarinet.

Mr. Salinger’s publications include Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei for clarinet and piano and a transposition of the first clarinet part of Suite No. 4 Opus 61 (‘Mozartiana’) by Tchaikovsky for Clarinet in A, distributed exclusively by Carl Fischer/Theodore Presser Toll free: 1-800-854-6764,ext 114

In addition to his extensive performance schedule, Charles maintains a large teaching studio.  His teaching skills are highly regarded in this area.  This is evident by the number of his students who reach a level high enough to play in District, Regional, and State Bands, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia Orchestra, and as professional musicians.


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  2. Heard you play through the North Shore Library event. Riveting. The quality of your musical talent held me spellbound. So good. I want the CD. Enjoyed the playlist singing along to those familiar tunes. Thank you!

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