Middle C Jazz celebrates the countless contributions Black artists have made to the American Jazz songbook. During February, we are honored to bring Emanuel Wynter, Sol Fusion and Eric Darius among others to the Middle C stage.
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage! Don’t miss your chance to see Keiko Matsui, Sy Smith, Eric Darius, Maysa, Gerald Albright, Althea Rene, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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A Tribute to Jeff Beck by Wired
Wired returns to Middle C with their tribute to the music of Jeff Beck (1944-2023) on Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm! Join us in celebrating the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest guitarists and jazz fusion icons as we remember his music and honor his legacy.
Fat Tuesday with the Soda City Brass Band
Fat Tuesday: the Mardi Gras Party featuring Carolina’s own Soda City Brass Band returns for a third year! Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration like none other on Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm with sounds from the streets of New Orleans! The Soda City Brass Band presents the best of the Dirty Dozen, Soul Rebels, Rebirth, and Preservation Hall brass bands.
Sol Fusion returns to Middle C on Thursday, February 23 at 7pm! Unmatched in range and versatility and with impeccable harmonies, Sol Fusion’s front line vocalists cover it all, from the Chicks to Gladys Knight to Lady Gaga, and from Chris Stapleton to Earth, Wind and Fire to Bruno Mars.
For Eric Darius there are no limitations when it comes to breaking new ground. Internationally known as an elite Jazz/R&B/Pop Saxophonist, Songwriter, Producer, and Performer, Darius recently dropped, “L.O.V.E Feat. Brian Culbertson” the third single from his seventh studio album, Breakin’ Thru, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Albums Chart. Join us on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Featured Artist of the Week: Eric Darius
Eric Darius was born in Livingston, New Jersey, raised in Tampa, Florida, and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in a very musical family to a Haitian father, who is a bass player and Jamaican mother, who is a singer and piano player. That Caribbean influence was passed down to Eric and his siblings. His older brother is a drummer and trumpet player, and his sister sings and plays clarinet.
While growing up, Darius was also influenced by Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, George Benson, James Brown, David Sanborn, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, and Grover Washington Jr., among many others. While still in high school, at the age of 17, he recorded and released his first album titled, Cruisin’, which would lay the ground work for his seven full-length albums. In 2004, Darius signed his first record deal with Higher Octave Music, after label representatives saw him perform and wow the audience at Florida’s Clearwater Jazz Festival. This resulted in the release of his national debut album, Night on the Town later that year. In 2006, Darius released his third project, Just Getting Started through Narada Jazz. In 2008, he released Goin’ All Out (Blue Note Records), in 2010 On A Mission and 2014 Retro Forward (both through Shanachie Entertainment).
With seven highly-acclaimed albums to his discography, Darius continues to rack up some impressive statistics: Three No. 1 Hit Singles; Twelve Top 10 Radio Hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart; 2004’s Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News Magazine; named 2015’s SESAC Top 10 Jazz Artist of the Year; 2017’s Best Jazz, Saxophonist, Composer, Producer & Musician of the Year Award at the 1st Annual Citril Starz Awards; featured on countless magazine covers; with many more milestones and honors to come.
Darius has made TV Appearances on Fox’s The X-Factor, TNT’s Mob City, and has shared the stage with Grammy â award-winning artists Prince, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Jamie Foxx, Babyface, George Benson, Marcus Miller, Wyclef Jean, and many others.
Good Shot Judy- The Great American Songbook
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. Catch them at Middle C on Wednesday, March 1 at 7pm!
Saxophonist Mike Jones and Friends presents Hot Buttered Soul: Celebrating Isaac Hayes with his daughter Heather Hayes
Mike Jones and Friends presents Hot Buttered Soul: A Tribute to Isaac Hayes featuring his daughter Heather Hayes. We are celebrating Isaac Hayes and highlighting his legendary genius and mastery of the funk. This promises to be one funky, soulful and exciting show on Thursday, March 2 at 7pm!
Brandon Stevens Presents: Stories Behind His Favorite Songs – Selections from Marvin Gaye, Brian McKnight, Maxwell and more!
Join Brandon Stevens as he takes you on an enthralling journey chronicling the songs and artists who have shaped his style. Don’t miss this night of smooth R&B and Soul, featuring classics by Marvin Gaye, Brian McKnight, Maxwell, and more on Friday, March 3 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
A Tribute to Living Legend Stephanie Mills featuring: Tracy Hamlin
Vocalist Tracy Hamlin returns to Middle C for two shows on Saturday, March 4 at 7pm and 9:15pm! Join us for hertribute to Living Legend Stephanie Mills and experience a night of music from an unparalleled songstress!
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