Heralded Trinidadian jazz trumpeter, Etienne Charles, returns home for a one-night-only concert, ETIENNE CHARLES presents Creole Christmas, at the 754-seat Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s celebrating the release of his new holiday season album CD Creole Christmas, a joyous album celebrating the Christmas Season with classics from the Caribbean, American and European holiday songbooks re-imagined by Charles and his stellar ensemble featuring jazz and folk musicians from around the globe. The concert will feature Venezuelan cuatro master Jorge Glem, Guadeloupean saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, alongside Trinidadian favourites, Relator, Robert Munro, Clarita Rivas, David ‘Happy’ Williams, Stanley Roach, and Charles’ all-star Creole Soul jazz band from the New York.
On the album, available soon in Trinidad and Tobago in stores and online, Charles and his superlative musical guests perform covers of traditional Christmas songs and popular holiday favourites, parang and local seasonal songs, American gospel, variations of selections from Tchaikovsky’s Christmas-themed Nutcracker Suite, all tapping into a myriad of styles rooted in Charles’ Caribbean background, his creole soul. Intelligence and joy combine for a spirited celebration of Christmas music for local audiences of all ages.
The concert will be an exclusive live performance of this music in the Caribbean for 2015 and will continue the high standard of performance and musicianship by this popular globe-trotting cultural icon. From Doha, Qatar to Java, Indonesia, from San José, California to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Trinidad and Tobago, Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. He has been hailed by the New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes magazine as “a daring improviser.” As a composer, arranger, recording artist and educator, Etienne Charles has been described as one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists on the scene.
He recently received a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the prestigious award is given to professionals who demonstrate exceptional capacity for scholarship or creative abilities in the arts. He debuted his San José Suite at the San José Jazz Summerfest in California in August, which explored stories, rituals, native chants, rhythms, and other cultural elements that shaped the three San José cities: San José, California; San José, Costa Rica; and Charles’ native St. Joseph (San José de Oruña) here in Trinidad. This new album, Creole Christmas continues Charles’ tradition of bringing his careful study of varied rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean and ushering jazz, and now holiday music into groundbreaking new territory.
ETIENNE CHARLES presents Creole Christmas is a celebration not to be missed.
WHO: Etienne Charles and iRADIO.tt
WHAT: ETIENNE CHARLES presents Creole Christmas
WHERE: Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, Port of Spain
WHEN: Sunday 29th November 2015. Event start time: 6.00 pm
Doors open from 4.30 pm
TICKETS: Tickets priced at $300.00 available:
- at the Queen’s Hall Box Office daily, Monday through Sunday from noon – 6:00 pm;
- Online at queenshalltt.com;
- Order by Phone at 624-1284 EXT 242 or 366-6104
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