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Jamaican Roots

  • Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College 60 Manor Avenue Annandale-on-Hudson, NY US (map)

Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles leads this concert featuring rising Jamaican vocalist Shenel Johns, rightfully described as “history in the making” by the Boston Globe. Exploring the styles of mento, ska, reggae, rocksteady, dub, and their various contemporary influences, Charles and Johns feel the flow of Jamaican influence on today’s global sound of blues, jazz, and pop.

Tickets start at $25 
$5 tickets for Bard undergraduate students are made possible by the Passloff Pass

Don't miss the other SOUND THE TRUMPET! series events:

Jazz and the Birth of Hip-Hop
Led by Keyon Harrold
Saturday, February 9

The Vibes of Venezuela
Led by Etienne Charles and Linda Briceño, featuring Jorge Glem
Friday, April 19

Purchase all three events in the series for $99


“..Etienne Charles exhibits both an authentic preservation of the music of his native culture of Trinidad as a composer and bandleader, while broadening our scope of understanding through the collaborative sound of American jazz as it meets new colors, new textures, and new motifs across the world. It will certainly bring more of our public into the jazz audience” Marcus Roberts

“An amazing Trumpet player, and Steel Drum player, and Cuatro player...young Trinidadian who has held onto his heritage” Monty Alexander

“A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism”Jazz Times

“…had strength and a clear, almost classical sense of thematic organization.” New York Times