Etienne Charles + Creole Soul


As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. 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 says of Charles, “his records filter calypso, reggae, and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Charles is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, 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 & Tobago and the World.