Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend With Some Music!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Kirk Whalum, Maysa Leak, Jeff Lorber, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Girls in Gowns: A Jazzy Concert Benefiting SWM, Inc.
“Girls in Gowns” is the brainchild of Singer/Actor, Maria Howell. Born from her desire to collaborate and perform with other “girls” in the industry, coupled with her love of wearing gowns, and for a good cause. Joining Maria for this musical experience, are special guests, international recording artist and songwriter, Tracy Hamlin, and international virtuoso violinist and recording artist, Karen Briggs! Girls In Gowns returns to Middle C on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Shelley Ruffin Presents Iconic Women of Rock, Blues & Jazz
On Saturday, July 2 at 7pm and 9:15pm, join us for a tribute to Iconic Women of Rock, Blues and Jazz with Shelley Ruffin! Inspired by Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Anita Baker, it’s a show not to miss!
Featured Artist of the Week: Shelley Ruffin
Music runs through Shelley Ruffin’s life with all the depth and breadth of the mighty Mississippi coursing past her hometown. A southern girl steeped in delta soul, she’s carried a melody in her heart since her formative years, advancing an almost genetic predisposition to the art form.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Shelley is the granddaughter of a ‘30s-era big band leader, guitar/banjo player and songwriter who regularly opened for Guy Lombardo. The rich musical landscape of Memphis focused on historic Beale Street–her maiden name, interestingly, is Beale—immersed Shelley in sounds and styles unconcerned with the demands and categories of commercial music. Shelley’s early years were influenced by musical greats like Al Green, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Rai[, Stevie Nicks, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, Linda Rondstadt, Anita Baker and Elvis.
From an early age, singing and performing was a constant for Shelley, be it in church choir, competitive ensemble or just around the house with family back in Memphis. Music has always been present in Shelley’s life, from her Grandfather’s Big Band career to memories with her Dad singing soul/blues music with her as a child, to her step-dad singing with Opera Memphis, to her younger brother’s, Timmy Jones, current career as an award-winning studio and touring drummer. “Our home has forever been filled with music. It has always been there…there is always a song in my head.”
Through the years Shelley has had the privilege of working with many award winning artists, Hall of Fame musicians and hit songwriters including: The Memphis Horns, Barry Beckett, Alex Harvey, Mike Chapman, Audley Freed, Kirk “Jelly Roll” Johnson, Judy Rodman, Ricky Ray Rector, Brent Mason, Gordon Mote, Jimmy Mattingly, and Jim Brock
On Thursday, June 30 at 7pm, we welcome Air Apparent! Armen Boyajian is a jazz violinist and pianist who has been in the Charlotte, NC area since 2008. His jazz quartet Air Apparent was formed in Washington, DC and included the late pianist and NC native Frank Kimbrough, Ed Howard, and Steve Williams.
On Friday, July 1 at 7pm and 9:15pm, guitarist Terence Young returns by popular demand! Terence Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying Lead Guitarist in the world. He has released 10 cds to date, ranging from Smooth Jazz and R&B, to gospel, Christmas, instrumental rock, and his original guitar compositions.
Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice present JD Jones: The Songs of Bobby Womack, Luther Vandross, and Freddie Jackson
On Thursday, July 7 at 7pm, come kick back with Rodney Shelton and Eric Brice Present: Jay D. Jones: the Songs of Bobby Womack, Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson!
Good Shot Judy Presents: A Salute to Swing
Grounded in the swinging cadence of the big band era, Good Shot Judy boldly ventures wherever whimsy leads them. The big amp jazz band brings melodic muscle to every show, fueled by revelers young and old who eagerly follow them on an exhilarating ride through this golden age of music. Join us for one show on Sunday, July 10 at 6pm,
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!