Clifford Charles -][- Songs From Deep Within –MP3– [Yazara Music, 2012] –
Whenever you ask what’s his passion, smooth jazz guitarist Clifford Charles, with eyes glinting, declares: “It’s music…or nothing”. This definitely shows as scores of fans of his home-grown brand of silky-smooth, Caribbean jazz music, are convinced that Clifford is set to take on the world!
After performing at some of the flagship music festivals in Trinidad and Tobago – Jazz Artistes on the Greens (2005 & 2008), Jazz on the Beach (2008 – 2010), We Beat Jazz (2009), Jazzpoint (2010) – and sharing the stage with an array of first rate artists like: Theron Shaw, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Clive Zanda, Elan Parlé, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Ella Andall, Errol Ince and Arturo Tappin – Clifford is by no means resting on his laurels…not by a long shot!
Clifford was 15 years old when his expressive voice on the strings was unearthed by music teachers Orasio Lewis and Ken Archer. So intensely was he mesmerized by music, it led him to play professionally with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Band, performing from classics to calypso. Though he played clarinet in the early days, he soon returned to his roots on the guitar, urged on by senior band members Keith Christmas and Jeffrey Smith. Clifford thrived on their coaching in jazz theory and tips on creating “soulfulness” in his guitar riffs – lessons he undoubtedly took to heart!
From 1994 to 1997, Clifford honed his chops with the backing band at the Calypso Revue Tent under the direction of the (late) Lord Kitchener. He became intrigued by the impressive calypso arrangements of the legendary Frankie Francis and the gifted Winston “De Fosto” Scarborough. Today, composing and arranging come almost naturally to Clifford and he continues to stay at the top of his musical game in this arena. Not surprisingly, he holds an honours degree in Musical Arts from the University of the West Indies. -[Biography]-
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