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EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND
Our National University
Acclaimed Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne
Charles comes home next month for two special
concerts at the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook
on November 30 and December 1.
Called Creole Soul, after his latest and fourth full-
length album release, this will be Charles first full
length performance in Trinidad since 2011, and will
feature all new music from the Jazz-loving musician,
bandleader, composer and educator.
The Creole Soul album was released in July and
enjoyed a prestigious premiere at The New York
Times Press Play site (www.nytimes.com/pressplay),
before arriving at No1 on the JazzWeek Radio Chart
and garnering much fanfare and critical acclaim.
The New York Times reported: "Creole Soul doesn t
feel too academic or too grasping, over-scripted or
shallow. Charles has got it about as right as he can."
And added: "Mr Charles, an irrepressible trumpeter
and percussionist, explores the affinities between
jazz, the music of his calling, and calypso, the music
of his culture...on his excellent new album."
The Wall Street Journal said: "Trinidadian trumpeter
Etienne Charles... brings the fusion of West Indian
music and modern jazz up to date with his latest
album, Creole Soul."
Jazz Times wrote: "Creole Soul is personal, cerebral,
spiritual and joyful in its creative exploration of the
roots of music and of a man."
A musician and professor at Michigan State Uni-
versity, Charles studied under piano virtuoso Marcus
Roberts at Florida State University and Mark Gould,
former principal trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera,
at Juilliard. He was also mentored by Jamaican reggae
and jazz luminary Monty Alexander and the late
multiple Grammy Award-winning Trinidadian-Amer-
ican percussionist/songwriter Ralph MacDonald.
Charles comes from a long line of musicians dating
back four generations. He also plays the steelpan and
cuatro. He learned the latter instrument from his
grandfather Ralph Charles, a highly-regarded stylist
on the instrument who can be heard on many Growl-
ing Tiger recordings. Charles first professional work
was in his father Francis progressive steel orchestra
Phase II Pan Groove.
At an early age, Charles also found his way to the
trumpet and embraced it in earnest as a young teen.
He began winning awards at Fatima College, and
was the first three-time winner of the Provincial
Cup, as well as the youngest student ever to win it.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State
University where he studied with jazz pianist Marcus
Roberts, and was named Brautlecht Scholar of the
College of Music.
In 2008, Charles received his Master of Music
degree from the Juilliard School of Music, and was
awarded the William Schuman Prize. He also attended
the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and accu-
mulated much experience by appearing on stages
with a host of notable musicians, including Wynton
Marsalis, Monty Alexander, Gerald Wilson, Roberta
Flack, Frank Foster, the Count Basie Orchestra, Maria
Schneider, Johnny Mandel and Benny Golson.
In 2006, Charles won the National Trumpet Com-
petition, Jazz Division in the USA, and later released
his debut album Culture Shock to positive reviews.
By the time his next project, Folklore, was released
in 2009, Charles had formed his own touring and
recording band, and in 2011 he began teaching at
Michigan State University s College of Music as an
assistant professor. He released his third album Kaiso
that year, and came home to share the music with
a rapidly growing contingent of Jazz lovers.
Charles released his fourth album Creole Soul in
July and describes it as "an exploration of my musical
roots featuring sounds from the French, Spanish and
English-speaking Caribbean, as well as North America.
Creole Soul highlights myriad inspirations from Hait-
ian creole chants and blues to bebop and R&B, while
drawing on an array of rhythms including Rocksteady,
Reggae, Bel Air, Kongo and Calypso."
The gala opening of Etienne Charles Live at The
Little Carib Theatre---Creole Soul is on Saturday,
November 30, with a special family show taking place
on Sunday, December 1, starting at 1 pm.
Creole Soul home
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