Published On: Thu, Nov 22nd, 2018

Critically Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her Band SCOPE Share Music with a Message December 1st at Harlem Stage

Photo Credit Matthew Pandolfe

This December, shake off those winter blues by heading up to legendary uptown venue Harlem Stage and checking out critically acclaimed vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE as they offer up an evening of music with a message.

Charles is among a new generation of musicians who are exploring and redefining the genre of jazz. Her band will play hits from their newest album, Free of Form (Ropeadope/Stretch Music Records), which includes protest and socially reflective material that serves as a form of questioning, celebration, individuality and unification. The album was co-produced by two-time Edison Award winning and Grammy Award nominated jazz trumpeter, composer and producer, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who is also featured on several tracks.

Charles is known for delivering music that allows the audience to both reflect and engage as she touches on issues surrounding mass incarceration, political ideology, social media, police brutality, addiction, war and historical context, while retaining colors of jazz, soul, indie rock, R&B and electronic experimentation.

When asked why she is bringing Charles to Harlem Stage, Harlem Stage Director of Programming, Monique Martin said “Sarah Elizabeth Charles occupies a unique space in jazz that is referential to the cannon, present to today and forecasts the future. Her ability as a composer to transport audiences through song and collaborate with some of the most innovative musicians in the field is a testament to her commanding talent.”

In addition to performing, Charles is an active educator and works as a teaching artist at Carnegie Hall’s Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Lullaby and Future Music Project Youth workshops, and is developing an early childhood music education program with Rise2Shine, a non-profit organization based in Fond Parisien, Haiti.

Through live performance and educational engagement, Charles continues to share her vision for what sonic landscapes have the potential to be.

You can listen to tracks from Free of Form on Charles’ website here:

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