JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2014 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Etienne Charles at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Etienne Charles plays the kind of trumpet you'd want to hear if you visited, say, Trinidad. Warm and breezy, qualities you don't usually associate with a trumpet. He plays the conga drums and a djembe when he's not playing his horn. We started thinking about Kid Creole and the Coconuts and how much fun they were. These guys were more interested in taking their solos. I hope bands don't feel like they have to hire guys with chops when they take a gig at a jazz festival. It doesn't help.

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