Jazz Concerts and Shows

Etienne Charles
Thu, Aug 23 ~ Sun, Aug 26

Weekend engagement at the Jazz Standard, NYC
Tickets and information

8/23–8/24 Etienne Charles Creole Soul
Etienne Charles – trumpet
Brian Hogans – saxophone
Jorge Glem – guitar
Sullivan Fortner [8/23], Micah Thomas [8/24] – piano
Jonathan Michel – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

The New York Timescalls Etienne Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers.” He arrives on our stage this week at the helm of two outstanding bands, the first being his Creole Soul sextet. This dynamic unit taps into a myriad of styles rooted in the leader’s Afro–Caribbean background, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music; in the mix, too, are elements of rock steady, reggae, belair,kongo, and American R&B of the ’60s and ‘70s. “As a person in the New World, I’ve been influenced by so much music,” says Etienne Charles. “And my family has a mixed background, with French Caribbean, Spanish and African roots as well as Venezuelan influences. I come from a fusion of rhythms, a fusion of cultures.”
Music Charge: $30

8/25–8/26 Etienne Charles Big Band
Etienne Charles, Jumaane Smith, Walter Cano, Anthony Stanco – trumpets
Michael Thomas, Brian Hogans, John Ellis, Seth Ebersole, Paul Nedzela – reeds
Dion Tucker, Corey Wilcox, Michael Dease, Chris Glassman – trombones
Sullivan Fortner – piano
Alex Wintz – guitar
Ben Williams – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

As a soloist, Etienne Charles embodies the New Orleans trumpet tradition – readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger – and what Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly dubbed “the Spanish tinge.” As a sideman, Charles has performed and/or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Wynton Marsalis, and Maria Schneider, to name a few. As previous Jazz Standard appearances have demonstrated, the Etienne Charles Big Band is one not to be missed! “A daring improviser who delivers with heart–wrenching lyricism.” (Jazz Times). “Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world–class ballet dancer.” (DownBeat)