The New York Times calls trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers,” JazzTimes applauds him as a “daring improviser” and DownBeat celebrates his tone as “melodically captivating” and “rhythmically agile” that makes his music “immediately pleasing.” After three impressive and well-received albums for his own Culture Shock Music imprint, Charles has garnered a welcomed response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. His latest album, Creole Soul—his most accomplished recording so far in his young career—is infused with Charles’ ebullient and intimate artistry.
Date: Tuesday, July 23rd
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge
Tickets: $10 HERE
Throughout its hundred-plus-year history, jazz has been organically enlarged, expanded and revitalized by cultivating new influences into the tradition, from the Afro-Cuban movement of the ’40s to today’s artists embracing their ethnic heritage. In this vein, Charles has proven to be one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking new territory.
Still in his 20s, Charles releases Creole Soul, which buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background and plumbs the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in the jazz amalgam mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo and rock as well as the influence of Motown and R&B music Charles listened to on his parents’ record player when he was growing up.
Etienne Charles | trumpet
Jacques Schwarz-Bart | tenor sax
Taylor Eigsti | piano/fender rhodes
Alex Wintz | guitar
Ben Williams | bass
John Davis | drums
Daniel Sadownick | percussion
D’Achee | percussion