Redwood Coast Music Festival 2020 Performing Artist
Chances are you can’t watch music in New Orleans for too long before coming across trombonist Charlie Halloran. A fixture of the Crescent City’s traditional jazz and Frenchmen Street scene, Charlie performs regularly with fan favorites Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, the Shotgun Jazz Band, the Panorama Jazz Band, the Palmetto Bug Stompers and Tuba Skinny. Named a rising star in Downbeat Magazine and recognized as one of New Orleans’ top trombonists in Offbeat Magazine, Halloran also maintains a busy recording schedule including Jon Cleary’s Grammy winning album “Go Go Juice”, as well as recordings released by U2, Rickie Lee Jones, John Boutte, Alex McMurray, Pokey LaFarge, Luke Winslow King, and countless traditional jazz bands.
Halloran's own CD, “Charlie Halloran and the Quality 6”, was nominated for best traditional jazz CD by Offbeat magazine in 2016 and listed in the top 50 Louisiana recordings that same year. His followup recording, “Ce Biguine”, featuring music from the French Antilles was hailed by Caribbean Beat magazine for its “nostalgic ambience, while the music has a quality that makes you want to grab a partner and dance the night away under tropical stars”.
Charlie joined the platinum selling Squirrel Nut Zippers in 2009 with whom he traveled all over the USA and South America, but you’re more likely to spot him at French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest where he is a frequent face on the traditional jazz stages. Charlie has also performed with Allen Toussaint, the O’Jays, and indie rockers Calexico and the Walkmen.
Charlie's newest project has been his band that he now calls "Charlie Halloran & His Tropicales". They play the music drawn from the Carribean Islands - The music is all from Martinique and Guadeloupe around the 1950s. It’s the music that evolved in those islands with a lot of the same influences as jazz in the states. However, traditionally there isn’t trumpet so the trombone and clarinet front line is particularly percussive. The recordings from the 20s typically have violin and banjos, then through the 50s and 60s it follows the same path as jazz, by and large. Moves to guitar, loses the violin, bebop language is incorporated, eventually electric bass and keyboards, clarinet moves to saxophone. Halloran presents music that strongly parallels with jazz, just with a tropical flavor.
Charlie and His Tropicales appeared at Redwood Coast in 2019 to rave reviews and are back by popular demand - you don't want to miss one of these sets!
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