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Remember WHENsdays: Persona Bell sings Amy Winehouse – Accompanied by the Sean Higgins Trio
On Wednesday, May 18 at 7pm, join us for a tribute to a true English icon with Remember Whensdays: Persona Bell Sings Amy Winehouse Accompanied By The Sean Higgins Trio!
Use code “WINEHOUSE” for 10% off your tickets at checkout!
The Voltage Brothers: Best of Funk, Jazz and R&B
Break out your dancing shoes! There are just a few tickets left for The Voltage Brothers: a Night of Funk, Jazz, and R&B on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm!
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.
Featured Artist of the Week: Joey DeFrancesco
After a year of pandemic lockdown – with stages dark and nightclubs shuttered, friends and families kept at a social distance, and political and social tensions raging – the one thing we could all use right now is More Music. And who better to supply that demand than Joey DeFrancesco?
More Music, due out September 24 via Mack Avenue Records, is “more” in every conceivable way. It offers up ten new DeFrancesco originals, brought to life by a scintillating new trio. And the master organist, who has long supplemented his keyboard virtuoso with his skilled trumpet playing, here brings out his full arsenal: organ, keyboard, piano, trumpet, and, for the first time on record, tenor saxophone. He also steps to the microphone to croon Mario Romano’s yearning “And If You Please.”
Joey D isn’t the only one wearing several hats on the album. A fellow torchbearer of the Philadelphia organ jazz tradition, Lucas Brown takes on the unenviable task of sharing organ duties with his generation’s most influential practitioner. Not only does he fulfill those duties admirably, freeing DeFrancesco to juggle his other talents, but he also showcases his six-string wizardry on several traditional organ-guitar trio tracks. Michael Ode sticks to the drums throughout, anchoring the trio’s multiple configurations with muscular swing and electrifying grooves.
While this period of re-emergence from our collective quarantine turned out to be the perfect time for it, DeFrancesco had envisioned a project to showcase his multi-instrumentalism well before COVID was on anyone’s mind. The trumpet has been a feature of his repertoire for most of the organist’s career, inspired by his tenure with Miles Davis while still a teenager.
“More music is what’s needed to create positivity and wellness for everybody, regardless of what’s happening in the world,” DeFrancesco concludes. “Music just solves a lot of problems. So more live music, more original music – just more music. Without that, we’re in big trouble.”
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.
Guitar Heroes: Paul Dozier plays Larry Carlton
On Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm, come hang out and kick back with Guitar Heroes: Paul Dozier Plays Larry Carlton! Los Angeles born Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Musician, one who plays multiple instruments: the guitar, bass, drums and saxophone. He brings fresh sounds and jazzy blends of instrumentals as well as arrangements, which seem to have no boundaries.
Willie Walker Conversation Piece: A Musical Journey of Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Gregory Porter and more
On Thursday, May 26 at 7pm, join us for an evening with Willie Walker Conversation Piece and a tribute to Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Gregory Porter and more! Conversation Piece members include Willie Walker on bass guitar and vocals, Carl Ratliff on saxophone and flute, Darryl Payton on Trombone, Kevin Homesley on keyboards, Jerry Moore on guitar and Christian Whitley on drums.
Join us for an evening with Marcus Johnson on Friday, May 27 at 7pm and 9pm! Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist, and NAACP Image Award Nominee. To date, Marcus has released more than fifteen Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) Anthology.
Alexander Zonjic & Friends featuring James LLoyd of Pieces of a Dream
Alexander Zonjic is an International Award Winning musician, producer, composer, radio personality, philanthropist and community trustee whose career, which now spans over 4 decades, has included performances with the biggest names in the music industry, production of world class festivals & events as well as creating millions of dollars of economic impact to the communities and organizations he has adopted. Alexander Zonjic and James Lloyd From Pieces Of a Dream play two shows at Middle C on Saturday, May 28 at 7pm and 9pm!
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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