Etienne Charles’ "Creole Soul" To Be Released July 23 On Culture Shock Music


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“Mr. Charles knows how to make an album more than just a calling card for a small band, and how to sequence it too; he’s an auteur.” —The New York Times

Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles' fourth full-length release, Creole Soul, is due July 23 on Culture Shock Music. An exploration of Charles’ musical roots featuring sounds from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean as well as North America, Creole Soul highlights myriad inspirations from Haitian creole chants and blues to bebop and R&B while drawing on an array of rhythms including Rocksteady, Reggae, Bel Air, Kongo and Calypso.

Performing alongside Charles on Creole Soul are Jacques Schwartz-Bart (tenor saxophone), Brian Hogans (alto saxophone), Alex Wintz (guitar), Obed Calvaire (drums), D’Achee and Daniel Sadownick (percussion), as well as Thelonious Monk Competition winners Kris Bowers (piano & Fender Rhodes) and Ben Williams (bass). The record features a half-dozen original compositions by Charles in addition to interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys,” Willie Cobbs’ classic “You Don’t Love Me (No No No),” Winsford Devine’s “Memories” and Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Etienne will celebrate his newest release with a world tour, beginning on April 27 at Jazz on the Beach in Tobago with stops at the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha, Qatar, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and more. Please see below for a complete list of dates.

Charles has been hailed as “a daring improviser” by Jazz Times while Ben Ratliff of The New York Times called him “one of the more ambitious soloists and composers.” A musician and professor at Michigan State University, 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-American percussionist/songwriter Ralph MacDonald.


April 27-28, Mt. Irvine, Tobago, Jazz on the Beach
May 8, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
May 18, New York, NY, Ginny’s Supper Club
June 27, Chicago, IL, Logan Center for the Arts
July 6, Tannersville, NY, Orpheum Performing Arts Center
July 19-20, Washington, DC, Bohemian Caverns
July 23, New York, NY, Le Poisson Rouge
July 27, Philadelphia, PA, La Rose
August 8, Cincinnati, OH, It’s Commonly Jazz
August 15, Denver, CO, Dazzle Jazz
August 16, Los Angeles, CA, Blue Whale
August 18, Santa Barbara, CA, Soho
August 19, Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa Jazz Center
August 20, Oakland, CA, Piedmont Piano
September 12, E. Lansing, MI, Broad Art Museum
September 13, Cleveland, OH, Nighttown
September 14, Ann Arbor, MI, Kerrytown Concert House
September 30-October 19, Doha, Qatar, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

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