Etienne Charles Creole Soul

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Energetic, fun-filled – and good. Trumpeter Etienne Charles mixes it up. Born in Trinidad, Charles’ currently teaches at Michigan State University. His musical efforts continually employ a panorama of sound; his is a kind of musicologist’s approach and his presentation, which covers everything from Calypso and a Steelpan styles and vibe to straight-ahead jazz and more – sparks his, and his audiences’ curiosity. Now 32, he holds a degree from Florida State University, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and is an alum of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. Entrepreneurial, he’s self-produced several recordings for his Culture Shock label, the latest being Creole Soul.
  Charles brings with him a coterie of young and enthusiastic soulmates who support the trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist’s international and eclectic musical vision – one that can at points straddle the pop world. This presentation promises to entertain all who attend. Today marks Charles’ first Jazz Series appearance – and likely not his last.

Sunday, Mar 12, 2017

"Sundays @ Murry's"

Show 1 | Doors: 2:30 | Start: 3:30

Show 2 | Doors: 6 | Start: 7

Etienne Charles Creole Soul

Etienne Charles: Trumpet / Percussion
Godwin Louis: Saxophone
Sullivan Fortner: Piano
Alex Wintz: Guitar
Ben Williams: Bass
John Davis: Drums

“..Etienne Charles exhibits both an authentic preservation of the music of his native culture of Trinidad as a composer and bandleader, while broadening our scope of understanding through the collaborative sound of American jazz as it meets new colors, new textures, and new motifs across the world. It will certainly bring more of our public into the jazz audience.”

- Marcus Roberts

“A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism.”

- Jazz Times

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