Watch Etienne Charles

Watch Etienne Charles

Jazz at Lincoln Center

With trumpeter Etienne Charles, alto saxophonist Brian Hogans, pianist Victor Gould, guitarist Alex Wintz, bassist Jonathan Michel and drummer John Davis 2015 Guggenheim Fellow Etienne Charles returns to perform his San Jose Suite, a musical exploration the of stories, rituals, native chants, rhythms, and other cultural elements that shaped three different cities known as “San Jose,” found in California, Costa Rica, and Charles’ native Trinidad. Through composition and improvisation, each movement introduces new cultural and historical icons, tradition, and milestone events in the history of the cities. A regular favorite at Dizzys’ Club Coca-Cola, Charles’ Creole Soul band uses jazz as a foundation to engage 20th century Caribbean folk and pop traditions, with musical elements from Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, and Martinique. Most of the group’s compositions are originals, grounded in jazz but heavily influenced by the sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean, with additional selections ranging from Bob Marley to Bo Diddley and Thelonious Monk. This will be the New York City premiere of San Jose Suite, originally created with support from Chamber Music America.

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