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Thursday April 07, 2016

from AXS.com

Atlanta Jazz Festival fills up fast with hot new jazz finds
By Carol Banks Weber

Right off the bat, several of those acts stand out as definite crowd pleasers and distinct voices. Creole Soul trumpeter Etienne Charles celebrates his new, celebratory album on the International Stage at 7:30 p.m. May 28. Not only is this multi-talented, Trinidad-born artist at ease mixing jazz and Creole music, but he’s juiced up to do so much more elsewhere. His new album Creole Soul cooks with soul, Afro-Caribbean beats, a little Haitian voodoo, reggae, and other island influences that call to him.

“Jazz is Creole music. As a person in the new world, I’ve been influenced by so much music. And my family has a mixed background, with French-Caribbean, Spanish and African roots, as well as Venezuelan influences,” Charles described in his current website bio. “I come from a fusion of rhythms, a fusion of cultures. That’s what this album is all about: focusing on soul music that is Creole at heart.”

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