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Etienne Charles Kicks Off Banners Season

Etienne Charles Kicks Off Banners Season

(March 10, 2017) Jazz returns to its roots when the 2017 spring season of Banners at McNeese State University kicks off with a dynamic performance by jazz virtuoso Etienne Charles at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Lake Charles Central School Theatre. Etienne Charles on trombone
        
Called by the New York Times as“one of [jazz's] more ambitious soloists and composers” and as “a daring improviser” by the Jazz Times, this young artist has already made a name for himself as a fresh and innovative voice in modern jazz.
        
Drawing upon his diverse roots — French Caribbean, Spanish, African and Venezuelan — Charles’ music represents a fusion of cultures, incorporating traditional island influences such as calypso and Haitian voodoo music with classic American fare, among them R&B, reggae and Motown.
        
This cultural and rhythmic fusion between jazz tradition and Caribbean spirit comes together in Charles’ newest album, “Creole Soul.” Alongside six originally composed songs, Charles also covers jazz legends of the past, including Bob Marley and Thelonious Monk.
        
From his birthplace in Trinidad, Charles’ musical journey took him first to Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, and then to New York, where he graduated with a master’s degree from Juilliard School. Currently a jazz trumpet teacher at Michigan State University, Charles already has three notable albums under his belt. He has performed with such artists as Roberta Flack, Johnny Mandel and the Count Basie Orchestra and has collaborated with jazz icons Frank Foster and Benny Golson, among many others.
           
Tickets will be available at the door at $20 for adults, $5 for students under 18 and free for McNeese and Sowela students with current IDs.

Banners at McNeese is supported by memberships, corporate sponsors and grants. For more information about the program, becoming a member or tickets visit the Banners website at www.banners.org or call Banners office at 337-475-5123.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-465-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.