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2022 CJF: Etienne Charles & Creole Soul
April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20 – $45
2022 Charleston Jazz Festival
Etienne Charles & Creole Soul
The Charleston Jazz Festival started in 2015 and is a special time of year when jazz fans throughout the country flock to Charleston to celebrate the Holy City’s rich jazz heritage and thriving jazz scene. From April 21 – 24, 2022, the 2022 Charleston Jazz Festival will feature student musicians, local jazz groups, and internationally acclaimed performers including the Emmet Cohen Trio, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Bruce Harris, the Jorge Luis Pacheco Quartet, Kandace Springs and Etienne Charles & Creole Soul.
During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds – from singing, to the clash of stick fights, and lively calypso music with its hallmark steel pan cadences. As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.
Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, an Associate Professor of Studio Music and Jazz at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.
Saturday, April 23, 2022
8pm | Doors Open: 7pm
Charleston Music Hall
Tickets: $20 – $45 | $10 Student Tickets
Save $10 off total price with a 2-Show Pass | Save $25 off total price with a 4-Show Ticket Pass
If you need assistance or need to purchase a Wheelchair Space + Companion Seat, please call the box office at 843.641.0011.
Etienne Charles, Trumpet, Cajon
Godwin Louis, Saxophone
Alex Wintz, Guitar
Christian Sands, Piano
Russell Hall, Bass
Harvel Nakundi, Drums
Special Guest – Quentin Baxter, Percussion