Earthwise welcomes Melanie Charles

Earthwise welcomes Melanie Charles

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Mitchell Park Community Center

3700 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Jazz singer and flutist Melanie Charles (Verve Records) and her quartet perform at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park El Palo Alto room.

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Jazz singer and flutist Melanie Charles (Verve Records) and her quartet perform at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park El Palo Alto room.

Melanie Charles:flute, vocals

Zacchae’us Paul- keys

Ruthie Price - drums

There are very few artists whose sound can capture the sentiments of a generation. The Brooklyn born and raised, Melanie Charles, is one of these artists. Over the past few decades, she has made a name for herself through dynamic engagements with jazz, soul, and R&B. Her bold genre-bending style has been embraced by a range of artists including Wynton Marsalis, SZA, Mach-Hommy, Gorillaz, and The Roots. In 2021, she appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk and stunned with her eclectic style. Through it all, she has remained committed to making music that pushes listeners to consider new possibilities—both sonically and politically. “Make Jazz Trill Again,” a project that she launched in 2016, demonstrates her allegiance to everyday people, especially the youth and is focused on taking jazz from the museum to the streets. “I love jazz, I really fell in love with it deeply. But I was interested in young people interacting with it,” Charles says. The album Y’all Don’t (Really) Care About Black Women is reflective of Charles’ tremendous versatility and imagination as an artist but of also her deep care for community.

Featuring Zacchae'us Paul on keys.

Other jazz or blues singers Earthwise has produced at The Mitch:

Meklit Hadero (May 13), Wendy Hickman (June 5), Gaye Adegbalola (May 21), Diunna Greenleaf (Nov. 18, 2021), Patricia Barber (Feb. 13, 2020), Elvin Bishop (December 20, 2020), Bob Margolin (July 6, 2019), Jane Monheit (June 21, 2019)

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