Jazz musician Etienne Charles celebrates 38th birthday with concert

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Ac­claimed jazz mu­si­cian Eti­enne Charles cel­e­brat­ed his 38th birth­day final Sat­ur­day with a con­cert at the As­pen Artwork Mu­se­um’s jas­café, As­pen, Col­orado, un­der the aus­pices of Jazz As­pen Snow­mass Com­pa­ny (JAS).

The exhibit was streamed stay on Face­book, start­ing with wel­come re­marks by pres­i­dent and CEO of JAS, Jim Horowitz, who mentioned the birth­day con­cert was the initially stay function for the year.

“The con­cert we experienced in June experienced 90 for every cent vac­ci­nat­ed of the 100 guests, and we catered for 80 for each cent, and this evening we have 150 guests, so we are grate­ful,” he mentioned.

Horowitz ac­knowl­edged those people who manufactured this present and demonstrates in gen­er­al pos­si­ble. He high­light­ed the en­tire JAS Na­tion­al Coun­cil mem­ber­ship, and oth­er pals, in­clud­ing Ste­vie Gilman, Don­na Di Lan­ni and Shel­ton Berg. He mentioned Charles was a JAS stu­dent and younger mu­si­cian who be­came a single of their tu­tors.

He stated he was ho­n­oured to have Charles cel­e­brate his birth­day and per­form at the venue.

Writ­ten in­to the US Con­gres­sion­al Document for his mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions to T&T and the planet more than, Charles, dressed in neon leaf-green, dou­ble-breast­ed jack­et, jazzy un­der­shirt, black trousers and ze­bra-striped loafers, was in­tro­duced by Horowitz.

Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles

He wast­ed no time on stage and through­out the present performed the trum­pet, the con­gas sang, whis­tled, sparred with fel­low mu­si­cians, and even demon­strat­ed some dance moves.

Charles in­tro­duced the mem­bers of his band, in­clud­ing God­win Louis of Con­necti­cut on al­to sax­o­phone Alex Wint, New Jer­sey, gui­tar Bar­ry Stephens, Flori­da, bass Ka­reem Thomp­son, Cal­i­for­nia, steel­pan and the lone fe­male who kept the rhythm flow­ing, Ja­maican Sa­van­nah Har­ris, who is based mostly in Cal­i­for­nia, on drums.

Al­so on phase were his cousins, Kei­th who as­sist­ed on per­cus­sions, and Richard, with the Tri­ni dance moves.

The birth­day con­cert opened with two of Charles’ orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions, Dame Lor­raine and Moko Jumbies, from his al­bum Car­ni­val, fol­lowed by a Duke Elling­ton’s Car­a­van writ­ten by Juan Tizol. Al­so on the play­bill have been Hen­ry Manci­ni’s Lu­jon from the motion picture Mr Fortunate Goes Latin, and Bob Mar­ley’s Switch the Lights Down Lower, which he ded­i­cat­ed to all the lovers and to his par­ents who ended up in the vir­tu­al au­di­ence.

Charles, an As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Jazz Stud­ies at the Frost Faculty of Mu­sic, manufactured regarded that his par­ents are genuine fans who will be cel­e­brat­ing their 44th wed­ding an­niver­sary in Sep­tem­ber.

He urged the au­di­ence to give a significant shout out to them: “Hel­lo mother! Hel­lo father,” and ex­pressed plea­sure in the ben­e­fits the dig­i­tal realm has revealed the earth.

“We cre­ate big­ger au­di­ences,” he reported.

Recognised for in­fus­ing rhythms of the French, Eng­lish, Span­ish and Dutch-speak­ing Caribbean in his reper­toires, Charles end­ed the clearly show on a fiery up-tem­po ca­lyp­so ren­di­tion, where by each and every mu­si­cian showed their mu­si­cal prowess.As he ac­knowl­edged the stand­ing ova­tion, Charles not­ed that the au­di­ence was clap­ping but not danc­ing.

Drummer Savannah Harris in action.

Drummer Savannah Harris in motion.

“I no­tice we played ca­lyp­so. You all stood up but didn’t dance, so I’m go­ing to teach you how it is accomplished. I’ll educate you four ba­sic methods,” he said.

Charles then gave an im­promp­tu demon­stra­tion of how to chip, wine, jook, and leap like a Tri­ni and as­sured the Jazz As­pen group that they were all set for the upcoming Trinidad car­ni­val.

He thanked all who designed the con­cert a suc­cess.

Charles is ex­pect­ed to start off teach­ing at the Hen­ry Manci­ni In­sti­tute in Mi­a­mi lat­er this calendar year.

Alto saxophonist, Godwin Louis, left, spars with Etienne Charles.

Alto saxophonist, Godwin Louis, left, spars with Etienne Charles.

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