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Saturday, November 11, It’s a Breeze & Hawk Haven Vineyard Stage at Cape May Convention Hall, 1:30PM

The Sound: bright trumpet work blends with captivating Afro-Carribbean rhythms in Etienne Charles’ exotic Creole Soul sextet (pianist Sullivan Fortner, saxophonist Brian Hogans, guitarist Alex Wintz, bassist Ben Williams, drummer John Davis). Expect fresh interpretations of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Lord Kitchener’s “Creole,” Dawn Penn’s “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” and Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys” in his invigorating set at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. 

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written in to US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.