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Etienne Charles’ Creole Christmas

Dec 14th 2016 @ Outpost Performance Space

Albuquerque, NM
I Was There
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
7:30 PM
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4014
Hailed by JazzTimes as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism,” and “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception” (NPR’s All Things Considered), Trinidadian native, Etienne Charles has been praised for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. A Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, and Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, he is also written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World. Renowned jazz pianist, Marcus Roberts summed up Charles best when he wrote, “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.” Charles adds a new twist to the holidays with music from his dynamic Creole Christmas album, featuring classic selections from the Caribbean, American, and European holiday songbooks. With his unique interpretations, he shines a new light on tunes like Mighty Spoiler’s classic “Father Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Chocolate,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and two Lionel Belasco waltzes: “Juliana” and “Roses of Caracas Waltz.” Joining Etienne Charles will be Godwin Lewis, saxophone; Alex Wintz, guitar; Sullivan Fortner, piano; Ben Williams, bass; & John Davis, drums.