Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

 05 June
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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 The Sessions
FIRST FRIDAY! ROOT DOWN: AFRICAN JOURNEYS Take a soul-searching journey with Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles's Creole Soul as we hit a high note with our first African collection catalogue. Includes a short talk about the catalogue and a book signing. Etienne Charles has garnered a warm response to his Caribbean roots-informed jazz. Creole Soul, his biggest record so far, promises a career of ebullient and intimate artistry. As befits an artist who excels with such a diversity of musical styles, Charles has performed with a range of musicians, from Roberta Flack, René Marie, and David Rudder to Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The New York Times calls him "one of [jazz's] more ambitious soloists and composers." JazzTimes applauds him as a "daring improviser," and DownBeat celebrates his tone as "melodically captivating" and "rhythmically agile." Program 6–7 pm live music: Etienne Charles 7–8 pm talk and book signing: African collection and catalogue 7:30–8:30 pm live music: Etienne Charles Cocktails and light fare available for purchase: Curry chicken skewer Mango chutney Fried plantains June 5, 2015 6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members free Collection admission included. Book general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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