Bob Baldwin, Samara Joy and National Artists End August!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, YellowJackets, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, Joey Alexander, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Bob Baldwin: Contemporary, Smooth and Latin/Brazilian Jazz with a dose of urban funk
Coined by industry peers as the “Ray Charles of Contemporary Jazz”, there’s no doubt that Bob Baldwin puts on a great show! On Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at 7pm and 9:15pm, Middle C welcomes Bob Baldwin: Contemporary, Smooth and Latin/Brazilian Jazz with a Dose of Urban Funk!
Featured Artist of the Week: Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin is an American Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Inventor. The Mt. Vernon, NY native has recorded on six of the seven inhabitable continents, and while Antarctica is not on his recording bucket list, his international list, including Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, UK, Canada, is quite impressive. “Whether it’s a massive festival crowd of 30,000 or an intimate restaurant audience of 60, I refuse to rob my audience of great music and a good experience”, says Baldwin.
The pianist’s personal goal is to release a 12-song project per year, and since 1988, he has released over 34 projects, of which 27 are owned by his company, City Sketches Records. By virtue of his ownership of music, he’s compared to Prince and James Brown. A fan once coined him “The Ray Charles of Smooth Jazz”.
Bob’s upcoming disc, “The Stay at Home Series” marks an industry adjustment. Recorded in 2020-2021, this is a closed live recording in the studio with some of his New York musical compadres. With Cafe Da Silva and Chembo Corniel on percussion, and his longtime music friends Tony Lewis and Dave Anderson on drums and bass, the new project will spit out a Volume 2 in the near future.
His ‘theme’ projects of Stevie Wonder, Thom Bell and Michael Jackson have all charted mightily on the Billboard Jazz charts, all hitting in the top 15.
Carrie Marshall- Syncopated Gold: A tribute to the music from the gold era of Hollywood and Broadway
What do you get when you blend the music from the Golden Era of Hollywood, classics from legendary Broadway composers and favorite tunes from the Great American Songbook? You get Syncopated Gold! On Thursday, August 18 at 7pm, enjoy a casually sophisticated evening with libations and jazz with Carrie Marshall, her incredible band and other special musical guests for an unforgettable evening of the classics.
Surround Sound Presents: A Tribute to James Brown and The Greats of Funk & Soul
Join us on Thursday, August 25 at 7pm for Surround Sound Presents: A Tribute to James Brown and the Greats of Funk and Soul! Hailing from the musical hotbed of Atlanta GA, Surround Sound effortlessly performs the greatest hit music from Motown to Country, from Funk to Beach, from Hip Hop to Classic Rock, to today’s chart-topping hits and everything in between.
The Music of George Benson featuring Brandon Stevens and the Troy Conn Quartet
Middle C is excited to announce the return of The Music of George Benson featuring Brandon Stevens and the Troy Conn Quartet by popular demand! Join us on Friday, August 26 at 7pm and 9:15pm for a tribute to one of the greats!
On Saturday, August 27 at 7pm and 9:15pm, Middle C presents one of the brightest rising stars in jazz, Samara Joy! She will be joined by the Pasquale Grasso Trio for two incredible shows!
Smooth Sundays with JD featuring Gena Chambers: The Music of Roberta Flack
John Dillard returns to Middle C for another Smooth Sunday on Sunday, August 28 at 6pm! Join us for Smooth Sundays with JD featuring Gena Chambers: The Music of Roberta Flack!
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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