About The Staff
Nikki Leonard - Bar Manager
Nikki is the backbone of Charlene's. With many years of experience in bartending, mixology and management; Nikki is the perfect person to run Charlene's. She doesn't know a stranger and probably knows your favorite drink already.
When not at Charlene's Nikki is spending time with her kids going from dance, to football and to helping with homework.
Stop in, say "Hi" and put her skills to the test!
About The Art
The Jones Brothers
Hank, Elvin, and Thad Jones were born in Pontiac, Michigan; Hank in 1918, Thad in 1923 and Elvin in 1927. They were three of ten children in the Jones family.
In the mid-1940s, Hank would go to New York City to become one of the most prolific and respected swing-to-bop pianists in the business. He landed gigs at the Philharmonic, and as Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist. Hank continued to play right up to the time of his death in 2010.
Thad would arrive in New York in 1954. He made a name for himself as a trumpeter, composer and arranger in both small groups and big bands, especially with Count Basie's orchestra. Eventually, he went on to lead a renowned orchestra of his own with drummer Mel Lewis.
Elvin joined his brothers in New York in 1956. He grew into one of the most dynamic drummers in the history of jazz. His powerful, poly-rhythmic style came into its own during his time with John Coltrane's classic quartet of the 1960s.
Artist inspiration: “Upon learning about the poetic careers of the Jones Brothers, I became instantly inspired to develop this piece by paying tribute to their musical genius through the use of their instruments with color and texture.”