With new CD 'Creole Soul,' jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles taps into Afro-Caribbean background
Trumpeter/bandleader Etienne Charles may only be in his 20s, but he has already recorded three well-received albums, and has just released another.
He’ll offer local fans a taste at a CD release party Saturday night at Kerrytown Concert House.
"Jazz is Creole music," says Charles who was born in Trinidad, relocated first to Florida and then New York to further his jazz studies, and who today teaches jazz trumpet at Michigan State University.
"As a person in the new world, I've been influenced by so much music. 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.
“That's what this album is all about: focusing on soul music that is Creole at heart," he says.
Etienne Charles performs at Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Admission is $30-$5. Details at www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com or 734-769-2999.