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Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

Saturday, November 7, 2020
8:00 pm
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts
800 Bay Harbor Dr.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Cost: $35 ALL SEATS
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Experience the Trinidadian trumpeter and his seven-member band as they filter reggae, Calypso, and Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.

Etienne Charles has been hailed by the New York Times as "an auteur" and by Jazz Times as "a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism." Etienne is one of the most exciting jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory. According to Downbeat Magazine, "Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer." He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and charismatic onstage presence.

Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and has been written into US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the world. He is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University and holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School.

Etienne's latest recording, Creole Soul, has received worldwide critical acclaim for its fusion of root grooves from the Afro-Caribbean (3 weeks at #1 Jazzweek Chart, iTunes #5, #3 Jazzweek top 100 of 2013, #25 Billboard Jazz Chart). His previous release, Kaiso, features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow, and the Roaring Lion.

As a sideman, 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.

 

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