Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

Live at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
About The Artist: 

Etienne Charles is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed by The New York Times as "an auteur" (Ben Ratliff), by Jazz Times as "A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism" (Bill Milkowski). According to Downbeat Magazine "Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer." (John Murph).

Etienne Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. In June 2012, Etienne was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World. Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table. Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition, which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger, and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, "The Spanish Tinge." 

His latest recording, Creole Soul, has received critical acclaim worldwide for its fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean. His previous release, Kaiso (Culture Shock Music 2011), features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow & Roaring Lion. 

He has performed and/or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder and many others.  He holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. 


Thursday, July 7, 2016  |  Concert at 7:30 PM  |  Pre-concert mixer at 6:30 PM
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue in East Liberty
Tickets are $25 and include refreshments from The Livermore!

Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles is one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory. Charles will perform works from his new album, Creole Soul.