Charlotte’s New Home for Cool

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Who is Dani?

Hello, my fellow music lovers of Charlotte, NC!! Dani Stavropoulos here giving you the latest scoop on everything Middle C.

As the Partnership and Programming specialist here at Middle C Jazz, Dani’s Corner is headed to become the blog you won’t want to miss. Dani’s Corner will be updated weekly with information about the shows from the previous week and our upcoming featured artists performing at Middle C Jazz.

Dani Stavropoulos

I have seen with my own two eyes what Middle C Jazz brings to the people of Charlotte: not only a night of happiness through the beauty of music but also a venue that takes you to NYC without having to even step on a plane. Seeing the customers enjoying themselves, making new friends, and singing their hearts out … I mean how could I not rave about an environment like this! The more you come to Middle C Jazz, the more you will want to stay!

Why Middle C Jazz for a night out?

If you answer yes to these four questions, then Middle C Jazz is the place for you in Charlotte, NC!

Do you like live music? Do you like dressing up for date nights, girl’s night out/boys’ night out, and/or family outings? Do you like delectable food & Craft Cocktails? And most importantly…Do you like attending the coolest venue in town?

It was yes to all those questions, wasn’t it? That’s what I thought!!

Middle C Jazz is a premier live music venue that brings New York City ambiance with southern hospitality, what could be better than that!! Take my word for it, Middle C is the place you’re going to want to tell people about.

Bar inside Middle C Jazz
Bar inside Middle C Jazz

Ready for a preview of some of our upcoming performers? Check out Dani’s monthly Spotify playlist below!


Special EFX Allstars w/ Chieli Minucci, Elliot Yamin, Gerald Veasley, Eric Marienthalm Karen Briggs, Lao Tizer, and Joel Rosenblatt

The Middle C Jazz stage was filled with outstanding talent this past Thursday night!! Special EFX Allstars gave the audience the opportunity to not only see one great artist, but seven all together. The room was filled with such excitement and energy that could not go unseen. The crowd was just as outstanding as the performance with the way they were interacting with one another and the artists on stage. Singing along, dancing, clapping, and even conversing with the artists afterwards… it was a beautiful evening for both the performers and attendees. No matter the performance, Middle C Jazz becomes united once the music starts flowing.

I have a Fun fact about this performance for you all. One of the artists on stage was Elliot Yamin. Elliot was a contestant on American Idol season 5 and came in third place that season alongside second place Katharine McPhee and first place winner Taylor Hicks. When season 5 aired in 2006, every week my family and I would be voting for Mr. Elliot Yamin. So, when I found out he would be in Charlotte singing at Middle C Jazz… childhood me and even adult me absolutely flipped with excitement because I never believed I would meet an artist that inspired me to get into the music industry any time soon but look what happens here at Middle C Jazz. A dream came true!

Middle C Jazz brings the best of the best when it comes to talent and this past Thursday night was an A+ example. We hope to have Special EFX back in the future, so make sure to keep an eye out.

Bar inside Middle C Jazz
Bar inside Middle C Jazz


We’re Still Standing! Noel Friedline and Maria Howell: Two Year Anniversary Celebration

Just WOW!!! What a weekend, with over 500 people attending our Two- Year Anniversary Celebration. All of us here at Middle C couldn’t be more thankful to you all for keeping our doors open so the live music can live on and fill the city of Charlotte.

The weekend consisted of Noel Freidline and Maria Howell returning to the MCJ stage to perform a jazz celebration of Elton John and Billy Joel. Of course, they did absolutely incredible, and you could one hundred percent feel the love in the room every night this past weekend. From the stage all the way into the lobby… there was no question if anyone was enjoying themselves.

Bar inside Middle C Jazz
Bar inside Middle C Jazz

Throughout the weekend we had the pleasure of returning our gratitude to the guests with some special surprises. One of our surprises had to do with giving out a dinner certificate, to one lucky winner, so they can enjoy a delicious meal at Estampa Guacha Brazilian Steakhouse (located right across the street from Middle C Jazz). One big Surprise of our two- year anniversary celebration was the 2 for 1 Baby Grand Membership deal. This surprise allowed the guests that attended the anniversary shows to pay the price of one year membership ($350.00) to gain the access of two years of a membership. Doesn’t that rock? Yes, I know it does.

Overall, this past weekend was nothing short of AMAZING! Hope to see you all soon here at Charlotte’s new home for cool!!

Dani… the girl in the white boots 🙂

the girl in the white bootsJ
Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

DEC 2-3

It’s no coincidence two of the titles on pianist, bandleader and composer Joey Alexander’s inspirational debut on Mack Avenue Records, Origin, contain the words “rise” and “rising.”

Connie Han

Connie Han


Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut CRIME ZONE

Mindi Abair

Mindi Abair’s I Can’t Wait for Christmas Tour featuring Vincent Ingala, Lindsey Webster, and Adam Hawley

DEC 11

During her remarkable 21-year recording career, saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair has garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, recorded with some of the biggest names in music, and built a substantial following among jazz and blues audiences with her soaring melodies and powerhouse style.

Kirk Whalum

Kirk Whalum

DEC 16-17

Middle C Jazz welcomes, twelve-time Grammy Award Nominee, Kirk Whalum… come join us for two nights of guaranteed soulful saxophone sounds given to you by a national and world-renowned artist.

Willie Bradley

An Evening with Billboard Charting Smooth Jazz Artist Willie Bradley

JAN 07

Bold, yet simultaneously charming; Edgy; yet at the same time beautiful; these seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of artist/trumpeter Willie Bradley, but also fittingly tell about the man!

Dave Stryker

An Evening With Dave Stryker

JAN 13-14

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 34 CD’s as a leader to date),  or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”

Norman Brown

Norman Brown

JAN 27-28

Grammy award-winning contemporary jazz/r&b superstar Norman Brown has sold over 2 million albums in his extraordinary career and virtually lives at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.

Adam Hawley

A Night With 10-time #1 Contemporary Jazz Guitarist Adam Hawley

FEB 03

Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. 

Patrick Lamb

An Evening with Breakout Artist Patrick Lamb

FEB 04

For one night only, Middle C Jazz welcomes the extraordinary young saxophonist Patrick Lamb


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