The Alyson Williams Experience
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and radio host, are just a few of the hats renowned Harlem raised recording artist Alyson Williams wears. With a voice so hauntingly pure, Alyson is able to transport you to your very own utopia while effortlessly showcasing she really can do it all. Blessed with an impeccable and soulful voice, Alyson is well respected by industry royalty and fans worldwide for her genuine heart, innovative mind, and honest lyrics. Her ambition and determination to create her own opportunities is precisely why she is successful, admired by many and is the next bankable brand. Join us for two shows on Saturday, June 17 at 7pm and 9:15pm with the Alyson Williams experience.
Featured Artist of the Week: Alyson Williams
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and radio host, are just a few of the hats renowned Harlem raised recording artist Alyson Williams wears. With a voice so hauntingly pure, Alyson is able to transport you to your very own utopia while effortlessly showcasing she really can do it all.
Growing up, Alyson was surrounded by and exposed to great music. Her father, celebrated Jazz trumpeter and bandleader, Bobby Booker was a major influence in her life. It was at four years old, when Alyson first demonstrated her stage talents. With a strong passion for performing, Alyson was inspired to study dance under the supervision of, Arthur Mitchell, founder of The Dance Theatre of Harlem. She also studied with Alvin Ailey and performed with numerous other dance companies with the determination to enhance her skills. After years of hard work and dedication to perfecting her craft, Alyson was granted a scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College. She later attended City University of New York, as a member of the Aaron Davis Center for the Performing Arts Program and studied under John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. It was in college, that Alyson also joined I.N.C.A. (Institute of New Cinema Artists) headed by Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis and Cliff Frazier. Through I.N.C.A., Alyson was awarded an internship to work side by side with Benny Ashburn, manager of the world famous Commodores. Before she knew it, she was singing background in the studio with iconic artists such as, Melba Moore, Evelyn Champagne King and Kurtis Blow. After a plethora of collaborations with Kurtis Blow, Alyson became the quintessential “hook girl” for the rap and hip hop genre. Alyson’s internship turned out to be life changing. In a short amount of time, her talent was recognized. Alyson became an in-demand studio session singer. She also became a featured member of the 80’s vocal group “High Fashion” on Capital Records.
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage! Don’t miss your chance to see Jonathan Butler, Veronica Swift, Special EFX, Jazz Funk Soul, Jessy J, Richard Elliot, Bob Baldwin, Lindsay Webster, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Kim Cage Riley: Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, & Janet Jackson
On Thursday, June 15 at 7pm, join us for the debut of Kim Cage Riley: Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, and Janet Jackson! This accomplished vocalist has had the opportunity to work with an array of Grammy Award winning artist such as: Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle,Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, Marcus Miller, Jeffrey Osborne, Jesse Johnson, The Time, Paula Abdul and many others.
Mr. Groove “Bring it Home”
If the name Smith and the city of Charlotte ring a bell musically, it is because the Smith legacy started there in 1950 when guitarist Arthur Smith, and his two brothers, Ralph and Sonny, became the musical face of the brand new television station, WBTV. Today, his sons, Tim and Roddy, carry his legacy with Mr. Groove. Join us on Friday, June 16 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
The Boneshakers Featuring Randy Jacobs & Jenny Langer: Soulful, Blues Rock
The Boneshakers are a no holds barred funk, blues, and rock that marries the sounds and spirits of Detroit Rock City, Memphis, and Mussel Shoals. They have built a substantial following among blues, jazz, and funk audiences with their powerhouse style. In the remarkable 25 year career of The Boneshakers, the iconic band has always been lead by world-renowned guitarist Randy Jacobs of Was (Not Was). The band and members have toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Tears 4 Fears, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Iggy Pop. Catch their Middle C return on Sunday, June 18 at 6pm.
House of Funk Presents the Music of Prince
On Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm, join us or this our House of Funk Wednesday series every month! Middle C will be filled with the sounds of PFunk, Prince, Rick James, James Brown, and other timeless funk legends. Charlotte guitarist Stefan Kallander leads the band this month with a tribute to Prince!
An Evening with Tatiana Eva-Marie
Nicknamed the Gypsy-jazz Warbler by the New York Times, Tatiana Eva-Marie is a transatlantic bandleader, singer, author, and actress based in Brooklyn. Best known for her work with the Avalon Jazz Band – and accruing over 70 million views on YouTube, – she was acclaimed as a millennial shaking up the jazz scene by magazine Vanity Fair. Join us for her Middle C debut on Thursday, June 22 at 7pm!
An Evening with Charlotte’s Very Own Harvey Cummings II- Hip Hop & Jazz Fusion
Charlotte native Harvey Cummings II is an award winning saxophonist, pianist, songwriter, and producer. His unique sound blends jazz, hip-hop, and soul to create an incredible listening experience. Join us for An Evening with Charlotte’s Very Own Harvey Cummings II – Hip Hop & Jazz Fusion on Friday, June 23 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Coconut Groove Performs A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Join us on Saturday, June 24 at 6pm and 8:15pm, when The Coconut Groove Band brings a riveting repertoire of classic Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young Tunes that has made waves all over the country to our audiences here at Middle C Jazz! CGB is a local group consisting of four dynamic musicians/Singers. They are especially known for their tight vocal harmonies and are in great demand here in the Queen City.
Gena Does Tina
Mark your calendars for a very special concert on Sunday, June 25 at 6pm. We honor the late, great Tina Turner with a special performance of Sundays with JD: featuring Gena Does Tina!
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
Ready for a preview of some of our upcoming performers or want to catch up on the latest happenings at Middle C? Check out our monthly Spotify playlist below!