Kicking Off July With Girls in Gowns 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, 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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Girls in Gowns: A Jazzy Concert Benefiting SWM, Inc.
“Girls in Gowns” is the brainchild of Singer/Actor, Maria Howell. Born from her desire to collaborate and perform with other “girls” in the industry, coupled with her love of wearing gowns, and for a good cause. Joining Maria for this musical experience, are special guests, international recording artist and songwriter, Tracy Hamlin, and international virtuoso violinist and recording artist, Karen Briggs! Girls In Gowns returns to Middle C on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Featured Artist of the Week: Girls In Gowns
Maria is a vocalist, actor, and voiceover artist. She began her career in 1985, as the choir soloist, in the iconic movie, “The Color Purple”, and went on to appear in network TV shows, such as “Revolution” (NBC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “The Resident” (FOX), as well as shows on BET+, Hallmark, and Lifetime. A few of her big screen appearances, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Hidden Figures”, and “The Blind Side”. Maria also lends her voice to numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, audiobook & documentary narrations, as well as animation. Most recently as “Tallulah”, a recurring character on Ellen Degeneres’ animated series, “Little Ellen” (HBO Max).
Tracy is a Baltimore-born, classically trained vocalist, songwriter & international recording artist. She has executive produced 5 solo R&B/Jazz albums. Tracy has performed in over 50 countries as a solo artist, as lead vocalist with Pieces of a Dream, and as a lead background vocalist with Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor.
Karen is known internationally as a virtuoso violinist with extraordinary versatility, in her ability to cover a wide span of various genres. Some of that includes an eclectic range of orchestral, Gospel, Funk, R&B, Latin, New Age, Rock, Hip Hop, Middle Eastern, and several Jazz styles. Linked by improvisation and embellishment, her audio-visual signature has become extremely popular, and she is constantly sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects internationally. She has performed as a featured soloist in over 45 countries.
Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice present JD Jones: The Songs of Bobby Womack, Luther Vandross, and Freddie Jackson
On Thursday, July 7 at 7pm, come kick back with Rodney Shelton and Eric Brice Present: Jay D. Jones: the Songs of Bobby Womack, Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson!
Good Shot Judy Presents: A Salute to Swing
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. Join us for one show on Sunday, July 10 at 6pm,
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!
On Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at 7pm and 9:15pm, join us for a weekend with Kirk Whalum! This twelve-time Grammy Award Nominee will play for two nights of guaranteed soulful saxophone sounds given to you by a national and world-renowned artist.
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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