Family Matinee: Etienne Charles | SFJAZZ
Family Matinee: Etienne Charles
This concert will be available to view live at SFJAZZ.org/live, and SFJAZZ's Facebook and YouTube pages.
A remarkable young Juilliard-educated trumpeter who meshes a profound knowledge of the jazz tradition with the bone-deep Creole influence of his Trinidad upbringing, Etienne Charles brings his tropical approach to holiday classics from the Caribbean, American and Europe. Called “one of jazz’s more ambitious soloists and composers” by The New York Times, Charles returns following his performance with Miles Electric in 2014. A visionary bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Charles is the fourth generation of his family to advance Caribbean music. A professor of jazz studies at Michigan State University and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he has staked his own claim as an innovator with a series of critically acclaimed albums, from his 2006 debut Culture Shock to 2013’s Creole Soul featuring Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition winner Ben Williams and SFJAZZ Collective drummer Obed Calvaire. Charles’ Creole Christmas program vividly reimagines Caribbean, American and European holiday songs that will delight audiences and ring in the new year with joy!
Join us following the performance for a thrilling interactive workshop in Orff percussion with music educator Doug Goodkin and Friends! Workshops take place in the Joe Henderson Lab immediately following the matinee performance, and are free to concert ticket-holders. Sign-ups take place in the lobby prior to the concert and space is limited.
Etienne Charles trumpet
Godwin Louis saxophone
Alex Wintz guitar
Sullivan Fortner piano
Jackeline Rago cuatro/percussion
Ben Williams bass
John Davis drums
Chris Turner vocals