Etienne Charles | SFJAZZ

Etienne Charles


Etienne Charles
Creole Christmas Dance Party

Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Creole Christmas Series: Spend the Holidays With SFJAZZ  

Etienne Charles

A remarkable young Julliard-educated trumpeter who meshes a profound knowledge of the jazz tradition with the bone-deep Creole influence of his Trinidad upbringing, 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, he’s developed a strikingly original body of tunes combining traditional rhythms and themes from Trinidad and Haiti with a post-bop harmonic lexicon. Scion of an illustrious musical clan, 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. The superlative rhythm section tandem also propels his latest album Creole Christmas, a program of vividly reimagined Caribbean, American and European holiday songs that Charles will be drawing on for this concert.

Artist Personnel

Etienne Charles trumpet
Godwin Louis saxophones
Alex Wintz guitar
Sullivan Fortner piano
Ben Williams bass
John Davis drums
Jackeline Rago percussion
Chris Turner vocals

Artist Website

"A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism " — JazzTimes
"Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer. " — DownBeat
"One of jazz’s more ambitious soloists and composers " — The New York Times
"…strength and a clear, almost classical sense of thematic organization. " — The New York Times