Charles possesses a bright tone, a sound which serves his music, a delicious gumbo of Caribbean, New Orleans, blues and jazz, so well. He's now on the faculty of Michigan State University while maintaining a busy performance schedule. To learn more about the musician, go to www.etiennecharles.com.
For tickets to either one or both of these shows, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.
For Living Lovers plays 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - for more information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
www.karenfrisk.com. For reservations and ticket information, go to www.buttonwood.org or call 860-347-4957.
Joshua White, a native of Southern California, is a splendid pianist who has worked with bassist Mark Dresser, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and guitarist Anthony Wilson - he currently leads a quartet that features saxophonist David Binney as well as drummer Mark Ferber. He and Jeff Denson have an excellent rapport, supporting each other and sometimes playing independently. "I'll Fly Away" is filled with fine religious music but should appeal to music lovers of all faiths. For more information, go to www.jeffdenson.com.
The music on "The Wisdom of Rocks" feels both new and familiar. The has worked together long enough now to know each other's strengths, understand how to support and egg each other on, and feel that that the music does not need to be complicated to be creative. The music of the Rich Halley 4 does satisfy the soul - to find out more, go to www.richhalley.com.