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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Etienne Charles: San José Suite

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Whenever Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and composer Etienne Charles releases an album, it is an event. In this case, it is his latest opus, the ten-part San José Suite--soon to be performed live in Trinidad and Tobago for the first time on November 20. [The album was released in the US in June 2016 and debuted live ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh

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Trinidadian steelpan player and musical director of local steelband Siparia Deltones, Akinola Sennon's Cousoumeh is a mix of effective songwriting and performance and a daring leap into a new way of hearing improvised music from the Caribbean. Ropeadope Records--an increasingly important record label in the U.S.--is home to steelpan jazz artists Leon Foster Thomas ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Theron Shaw: Gumbo Caribe

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Theron Shaw is well known in local music circles as the go-to man for guitar support ranging from jazz to calypso. His two previous releases signalled a willingness to engage with native cultural mores and tackle Caribbean Jazz not only as a way to “tropicalise" harmonically complex original music, but as a way to validate and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

All Star Tribute to Ralph MacDonald at Holy Cross College

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Etienne Charles with his All Star Band Jazz on D Hill Holy Cross College Arima, Trinidad May 11, 2014 On a picturesque plateau above the town of Arima overlooking the distant Caroni plains on the island of Trinidad, the Holy Cross College Alumni produced a jazz event ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Etienne Charles at The Little Carib Theatre, Port of Spain, Trinidad

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Etienne Charles Little Carib Theatre Creole Soul Port of Spain, Trinidad November 30, 2013 Fresh from an exciting TEDx Port of Spain talk in the morning, the always dapper Etienne Charles and his band delivered a superb set of jazz at the gala opening of his Creole Soul tour stop ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

An American in Paradise: The sense of Belonging of Andy Narell

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American pannist (steel pan soloist) and composer Andy Narell is an iconoclast who fearlessly challenges the narrow definitions of acceptable pan music. He is global, and his usefulness as an ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago's national instrument is tainted by suspicion long held by panmen (steel pan players) and the steel pan fraternity in general here. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

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With his simple declaration, “sound is my art...I just try to create," Trinidadian jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles puts into context his role of creator and producer in relation to his latest recording. This new album, previewed earlier this year in Tobago at Jazz on the Beach at Mt Irvine, reveals an evolution of his art that ...

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Take Five With Leah Staci Lewis

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Meet Leah Staci Lewis: A singer based in Trinidad and Tobago, Leah Staci Lewis has found herself drawn to jazz music and is ready to share her gift with the world. Instrument(s): Voice. Teachers and/or influences? I've been influenced most strongly by Sarah Vaughan; I love ...


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