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is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed
by New York Times as “an auteur” and by Jazz Times as
“A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching
lyricism.” According to DownbeatMagazine “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.
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’.
recording, Creole Soul has received
critical acclaim worldwide for it’s fusion of root grooves from the
Afro-Caribbean. His previous release,
Kaiso (Culture Shock Music 2011),
features his arrangements and interpretations of the music of calypso legends
Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow & Roaring Lion.
performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster,
Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, MariaSchneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder and many
others. He holds a Master’s degree from
the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida StateUniversity.
6:30 pm Chandra Currelley