Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Etienne Charles Creole Soul CD Release Show


Photo by Laura Ferreira

One of the most compelling young jazz artists around, trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles' soon-to-be-released new album, Creole Soul, is a captivating journey of new jazz expression that taps into a myriad of styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background; from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. On Creole Soul, his most accomplished recording so far in his young career, shows great promise to a future of more ebullient and intimate artistry.

Etienne Charles, trumpet; Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Victor Gould, piano; Ben Williams, bass; John Davis, drums

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$15 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188


“...one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers” –New York Times

“…a daring improviser…with heart-wrenching lyricism” –JazzTimes


Born on the Island of Trinidad in 1983, Etienne Charles defies easy musical categorization. Hailed by New York Times as "an auteur" and by Jazz Times as "A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism." According to Downbeat Magazine "Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer." Etienne 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, Kaiso (Culture Shock Music 2011), features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow, & Roaring Lion. His next recording, Creole Soul, will be released in summer 2013.

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.

Etienne Charles currently serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. He holds a Master's degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. etiennecharles.com

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