MELANIE CHARLES TRIO
Location: American Folk Art Museum, 125 Columbus Avenue at 65th Street
Time: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, & 8:00pm
Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress, and flutist of Haitian descent, with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental, and Haitian roots music. Charles latest release “The Girl with the Green shoes” established Charles as a progressive voice in Jazz gaining two features in The New York Times, as well as The Village Voice. “You can hear her collaging her musical DNA into jazz-studded multi-instrumentalism and dipping a toe into the experimental... there's an uncanny cohesion to Charles' music." - Village Voice
Charles graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a BFA in vocal jazz performance and trained under the tutelage of jazz masters Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, Junior Mance, Janet Lawson, Carla Cook, and Billy Harper. Charles musicianship and artistry has spanned across genres working with Herlin Riley, Jean Grae, SZA, the Gorillaz, Mark De-Clive Lo, Marc Cary, Madlib. Her television appearances include Good Morning America, SNL, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and HBO’s Vinyl.
Under the moniker D’flower, a new experience has been born using Roland SPs, loop pedals, the flute and jazz trio to create a Nina Simone meets Madlib “sonic collage “ fusing RnB, jazz, samples and Haitian folk songs to “Make Jazz Trill Again”. In one year this project has played Montreal Jazz Fest, Toronto Jazz Fest, BAM Cafe, Nublu Jazz fest and NYC’s Winter Jazz Fest. Charles aims to blur the lines between social classes, cultures, genders, genres, and theories to create a world where opposing elements can co-exist.