Toronto's Caribbean Camera checks in on T&T Jazz Man, Etienne Charles
Etienne Charles and his trumpet waiting out this virus
By Stephen Weir
In the old days (last month) jazz man Etienne Charles was a man in motion. Always on the move. He was here. He was there. He was up on the stage. He was in the air.
But that was then. In the here and now, the 36-year old trumpeter is just like all of our readers. He has been grounded, his luggage in storage and he is waiting out the virus in his home in Michigan.
Trinidad’s Charles holds a master's of music degree from Juilliard and teaches at Michigan State University. He travels the world playing concerts, recording music and playing Mas in T&T and Canada!
"The reason I'm a trumpet player began when I was on a family trip to Toronto as a three-year-old," the trumpeter, recording star, composer, bandleader and teacher told the Camera.“ I visited an uncle and was able to make a sound on his saxophone. At age 10, the same uncle gave me a trumpet and a different musical life opened up, one that incorporated new sounds with calypso as its root.”
Charles moved up to Florida when he was 19. There he studied music and began playing jazz. He has now recorded 6 CDs, has performed at the White House and has won many accolades. Two years ago he received the New York City Caribbean Sunshine Award for excellence in the performing arts.
Need some quarantine relief? What is the jazz man doing at home ? Yesterday, Stephen Weir had a text message con- versation with Charles – Weir in downtown Toronto and Charles in the United States.