Carol Riddick, Eric Essix, Joey Francesco and More!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Carol Riddick, Eric Essix, Joey DeFrancesco, Alexander Zonjic, Maysa Leak and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice: Robyn Springer Sings R&B & Dance Classics- Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, and more
On Thursday, May 12 at 7pm, come hang out and kick back during the Thursday Night Middle C series with Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice: Robyn Springer Sings R&B & Dance Classics- Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, and more!
An Intimate Evening with Carol Riddick
On Friday, May 13 at 7pm and 9pm, join us for An Intimate Evening with Carol Riddick – an evening of songs you know and love with the songstress you’ve seen and heard before. She’s shared stages with Jill Scott, Will Downing, Gerald Veasley, Patti LaBelle & a host of others and has recorded on some of the songs you know and love.
Eric Essix – Songs From The Deep: Contemporary Jazz with the Soul of the South
Veteran guitarist Eric Essix and his band bring their distinctive fusion of jazz, gospel, soul, and funk to Middle C for two shows on Saturday, May 14 at 7pm and 9pm!
Featured Artist of the Week: Eric Essix
Over a period of more than 30 years and 25 full-length album releases, Eric Essix has not only maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz throughout his career, he appears to have no intention of stopping. This fact is evident with the release of 9 compositions, all written, arranged, and produced by Essix called, “Songs From The Deep”. This latest effort by Eric, revisits the artist’s favorite theme, his Birmingham, Alabama southern roots. It is a project that reveals the soul of the man and his music as he continues to reconcile his love for his homeland, its culture, and its people, with its history.
Since launching his own indie label Essential Recordings in 2002, Eric has scored numerous radio hits, starting with “Sweet Tea” from 2004’s Somewhere in Alabama and continuing with “Shuttlesworth Drive,” a musical tribute to the great civil rights pioneer, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, which spent 7 consecutive weeks at #1 on Smoothjazz.com and over 20 weeks in the Top 10; “New Focus,” which reached #27 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart; and “Foot Soldiers,” which hit #1 on the Smoothjazz.com Indie Chart and #9 on the Top Fifty chart among numerous other industry airplay lists. Five years after its release, “Foot Soldiers” remains in regular rotation on SiriusXM Watercolors.
Those celebrated hits are not simply standalone achievements, but powerful invitations to the deeper artistry Eric has offered through a discography that is populated with thematic concept albums. Collectively, these works reveal his life’s many passions and ultimate purpose as a musician and artist.
Bryan Anderson & Friends “Groove Cafe” Cd Release Concert
Join us for Bryan Anderson & Friends “Groove Cafe” Cd Release Concert on Sunday, May 15 at 6pm! Bryan is a bassist, songwriter, and producer with 11 solo projects to his credit. His unique sound of what he calls “groove music” blends smooth jazz, old school funk, Latin rhythms and a taste of island vibes.
Remember WHENsdays: Persona Bell sings Amy Winehouse – Accompanied by the Sean Higgins Trio
On Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm, Persona Bell honors Amy Winehouse with Remember Whensdays: Persona Bell Sings Amy Winehouse Accompanied By The Sean Higgins Trio!
The Voltage Brothers: Best of Funk, Jazz and R&B
Break out your dancing shoes! The Voltage Brothers: a Night of Funk, Jazz, and R&B on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm is SOLD OUT!
Joey DeFrancesco “More Music”
World renowned artist, Joey DeFrancesco, makes his Middle C debut for two shows! Join us for an unforgettable evening on Friday, May 20 at 7pm and 9pm! More Music is “more” in every conceivable way. It offers up ten new DeFrancesco originals, brought to life by a scintillating new trio.
Smooth Sundays with JD Featuring Greg Manning & Jeff Ryan
Smooth Sundays with JD returns on Sunday, May 22! JD is featuring Greg Manning and Jeff Ryan for one show at 6pm. The winning chemistry and connection they share is undeniable, whether it be in the studio or on the stage. “Double Up” was the first single released in May 2020 from the new album “Duality.” It debuted as the No. 1 Most Added on Smooth Jazz Billboard.
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!