Etienne Charles Creole Christmas

Etienne Charles Creole Christmas

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December 9th

December 10th

Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles adds a new twist to the holidays with music from his dynamic Creole Christmas set. Featuring classic selections from the Caribbean, American, and European holiday songbooks, Charles and his ensemble celebrate the Christmas season with unique interpretations of pieces from Charles’ diverse musical roots. Charles shines a new light on tunes such as Mighty Spoiler’s hilarious classic “Father Christmas”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas”, and Lionel Belasco’s “Juliana” and “Roses of Caracas Waltz.”

During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds—singing, 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 fêtes and immersing himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he has returned to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture.

Charles has been 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 Charles “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. Charles is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written into US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad and Tobago and the world at large.


Dec 09 2019 - Dec 10 2019


7:00 pm - 10:15 pm


$15, $25, $35


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