Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage! Don’t miss your chance to see Jonathan Butler, Veronica Swift, Special EFX, Jazz Funk Soul, Jessy J, Richard Elliot, Bob Baldwin, Lindsay Webster, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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An Evening with Award Winning Vocalist Nicole Henry
The New York Times, Miami Herald, and Jazz Times Magazine have compared powerhouse jazz vocalist Nicole Henry to Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole for her dynamic range, impeccable phrasing, and bluesy gospel style. Whether burning through a swing tune or gently caressing a ballad, Nicole, returning to Middle C after four hugely successful shows, truly makes each song uniquely her own. Join us for her return on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 at 7pm and 9:15!
Featured Artist of the Week: Nicole Henry
The New York Times, Miami Herald, and Jazz Times Magazine have compared powerhouse jazz vocalist Nicole Henry to Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole for her dynamic range, impeccable phrasing, and bluesy gospel style. Whether burning through a swing tune or gently caressing a ballad, Nicole, returning to Middle C after four hugely successful shows, truly makes each song uniquely her own and “aims right for the emotional center.” (Billboard)
Celebrating a 20-year career and 8 critically acclaimed chart-topping CDs, Nicole is the recipient of a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” and has garnered four Top-10 jazz albums on the U.S. Billboard; JazzWeek; HMV Japan and U.K. Sweet Rhythms charts.
The New York Times raved, “Every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery…I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman.” Broadway World says,“So powerful is her charisma, so unique is her personality, so rich is her music, so abandoned is her joy that you can’t watch her without being drawn in.”
Her latest chart-topping album, “Time to Love Again” features reimagined versions of jazz standards as well as soul, pop, and folk songs by masters like Anthony Newly, Stevie Wonder, Joan Armatrading, James Taylor, Rodger & Hart and Buffy St. Marie. Ms. Henry will tell real stories through peerless interpretations of songs from that CD release as well as music from her vast catalogue and repertoire.
Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice present: Thomas Robinson singing songs of Legends- Prince, Michael, Stevie & More!
Come hang out and kick back during the Thursday Night Middle C series! Rodney Shelton and Eric Brice present: Thomas Robinson Singing Songs of Legends – Prince, Michael, Stevie and More on Thursday, June 22 at 7pm!
Justin Ray’s Big Band featuring Noel Freidline & Maria Howell
We’re excited to bring Justin Ray’s Big Band featuring Noel Freidline& Maria Howell to Middle C for one show on Sunday, July 9 at 6pm! Justin Ray has been a professional musician for almost 30 years. He’ll be bringing his band back for an unforgettable night of swing and standards with Noel and Maria for a can’t miss show!
On Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm, join us for Chicago Rewired – The Premier Chicago Tribute Band! This band is a tribute to “Chicago®” – one the longest running and most successful pop/rock groups in history with record sales topping 100,000,000 including 21 top 10 singles, 5 consecutive number one albums, 11 number one singles, and 5 gold singles. The band comprises a unique blend of talented and seasoned musicians joining forces with the common goal of accurately replicating the timeless music of “Chicago®” – the soundtrack to great memories for so many people.
The Chris O’Leary Band
Chris O’Leary’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin, among others. Catch his show at Middle C on Thursday, July 13 at 7pm!
An Evening with Grammy-Nominated Contemporary Jazz Pioneer Richard Elliot
On Friday, July 14 at 7pm and 9:15pm, legendary saxophonist Richard Elliot makes his Middle C Jazz debut! A musician’s musician, for Elliot, the line-up alone on Authentic Life is a testament to the respect and adoration he has garnered from his peers throughout his enviable four – plus decade career. Never one to rest on his laurels, the saxophonist confides, “With every record, I try and push my boundaries and stay just a little bit out of my comfort zone so that hopefully I can create an environment for evolution. There is such a camaraderie in this genre. If you are in it for any meaningful period of time you have this community of artists. I feel very fortunate and privileged.”
An Evening with Karla Harris and the Joe Alterman Trio: The Moon to Gold Show
We’re excited to bring Karla Harris and Joe Alterman back to Middle C for two shows of “The Moon to Gold Show” on Saturday, July 15 at 7pm and 9:15pm! Be prepared for an evening of powerful, emotion-tugging vocals presented through straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, blues favorites, and a few originals. Think Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and the Fifth Dimension all in one night.
JukeBox Jazz: A Jazzy Treatment to Popular Songs Throughout the Decades
Enjoy an uplifting night of music with Carrie Marshall and her band performing different eras in popular American music! Each song has Carrie’s unique, artistic take on these popular tunes made famous by such such great artists as Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse, the Beatles and MORE on Sunday, July 16 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!