Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, Jason Marsalis and More at Middle C!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, YellowJackets, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, Joey Alexander, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Queen’s Court, based out of Charlotte, NC, has talent unparalleled in providing vigorous entertainment. With 3 dynamic Queen vocalists and 2 dancing horn players, they cover legendary songs from the era’s brightest vocal stars like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bruno Mars, Katie Perry and many more. Come party with Queen’s Court on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm!
Jeff Lorber Trio
By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber rapidly expanded his reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms. Don’t miss the return of the Jeff Lorber Trio on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Featured Artist of the Week: Jeff Lorber
By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.
In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.
More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, ® revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY – nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.
Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.
Guitar Heroes: Wired featuring Troy Conn Plays Jeff Beck
Join us for the performance of the band “Wired featuring Troy Conn” and jam along to your favorite Jeff Beck tunes! This iconic English guitarist will be honored with a fusion performance at Middle C Jazz! This show returns on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm.
Rodney & Eric present Michelle Renee, Shelley Ruffin, & Shana Blake: Lady Legends – Aretha, Chaka, Bonnie, Stevie, HER and more
Our most popular series, Jazz Jam with Rodney Shelton and Eric Brice returns for a very special show! On Thursday, September 15 at 7pm Rodney and Eric Present, Michelle Renee, Shelley Ruffin, and Shana Blake: Lady Legends – Aretha, Chaka, Bonnie, Stevie, HER and more!
Middle C is thrilled to present Judith Hill on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 at 7pm and 9:15pm! On her latest LP Baby, I’m Hollywood, Judith Hill unveils an ambitious, kaleidoscopic document detailing her journey of self-discovery. Rich in throwback soul, stunning piano balladry, and swaggering psychedelic funk, the self-produced Baby, I’m Hollywood finds Hill liberated, focused and reborn.
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!