July Heats Up with Jeff Kashiwa, Lin Rountree and Kirk Whalum!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Maysa Leak, Bob Baldwin, Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Rhythm 4 U Featuring Shago Elizondo and Emanuel Wynter
On Thursday, July 14 at 7pm, we welcome Rhythm4U featuring Shago Elizando and Emanuel Wynter! Drummer Shamon Scull is on his musical journey at the age of 34 and has played with great names all around the Carolinas!
Java Performs The Best of New Edition, Bobby Brown, Johny Gill, and BBD
On Thursday, July 21 at 7pm, Java Band returns to Middle C! Their versatile style combines music including all genres to satisfy the music enthusiast from Jazz standards, Rock, Motown/Beach, R&B, Hip Hop, and Country.
Two time Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz artist, Jeff Kashiwa, performs at Middle C Jazz
Come join us at Middle C Jazz for a night with two-time Grammy Nominated contemporary jazz artist, Jeff Kashiwa on Friday, July 22 at 7pm and 9:15pm. You won’t want to miss it!
Featured Artist of the Week: Jeff Kashiwa
Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior introduction to woodwins. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.
Having Established himself in the 1990s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across the U.S and abroad.
In 2006, Jeff reunited with The Rippingtons for their 20th anniversary Tour and continues to record and tour with the group as often as his busy schedule will allow. In addition to touring with The Sax Pack and his own group, Kashiwa has expanded his career to include the realm of music education, teaching various courses through the music program at shoreline community college in Seattle. His brand new CD let It Ride features a host of great musicians in the world of Contemporary Jazz; Russ Freeman, David Benoit, Chuck Loeb and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Let It Ride has been in the top 4 Best Sellers in Smooth Jazz on Amazon.com for the past few weeks.
Christian Tamburr Presents: A Tribute to the Musical Collaboration of Gary Burton & Chick Corea
Join award-winning vibraphonist and band leader Christian Tamburr as he pays tribute to two of the jazz world’s most iconic performers and composers, Gary Burton and Chick Corea on Saturday, July 23 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Special Conclave Weekend Performance by National Contemporary Jazz Recording Artist Bro. Lin Rountree
On Sunday, July 24 at 6pm, we welcome a Special Conclave Weekend Performance by National Contemporary Jazz Recording Artist, Lin Rountree! Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With Seven solo projects, 17 Chart Topping Billboard singles (Including THREE Billboard #1 Hits) and numerous collaborations with some of the industry’s top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is fast becoming one of the most renowned artists of his generation.
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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