Charles Covington, Master Instructor (Jazz Piano), has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than 40 years as one of the most widely respected jazz musicians on the East Coast. He performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter and appeared with George Benson on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Other world-renowned musicians with whom Mr. Covington has worked include Sonny Sitt, Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Eddie Harris, Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Dorothy Donegan, B. B. King, and Chuck Berry. He has shared celebrity performances with Sammy Davis, Jr., Eartha Kitt, Henry Kissinger, Larry King, Mrs. Estee Louder, Redd Fox, Flip Wilson, and Morey Amsterdam.
Mr. Covington has served as the Music Director of "Jazz at Harbor Place" in Baltimore, artist-in-residence for BET on Jazz, artist-in-residence for the Tim and Daphne television show, and composed music for a segment of America's Most Wanted television show. He was featured on the cover of EXPO Magazine as "Jazz Musician of the Year." He has performed in China, Europe, and throughout the United States.
Mr. Covington is the recipient of matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rouse Company for the "Art in the Market Place" performance and lecture series. He has also been honored by the City Council of Baltimore in recognition of his contribution to the council for cultural progress. The University of Maryland's Department of African American Studies recognized him with a Certificate of Appreciation for his artistic contribution to the tradition and development of jazz music. In addition, he received certificates of appreciation from both the International Association of Jazz Educators and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.