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Middle C Jazz Staff Bios

 

 

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Adam Farber

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

A charlotte native and music lover, Adam is the managing partner and co-founder of Middle C Jazz. When Adam’s not at the club or practicing commercial real estate, you can find him spending time with his family, playing golf, traveling to the NC Mountains or SC coast, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Favorite Jazz Musicians: Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, Dr John

Larry Farber

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

As both A performer and businessman, Music has been the central core of his life. Known locally as “the music man“, Larry played piano with bands from the early age of 12, and he still tickles the keys from time to time. His 47 years as a founding partner with East Coast entertainment, as well as being the founder of Music With Friends in both Charlotte and Houston add to an impressive resume. Adding to his legacy of musical ventures is now Middle C Jazz. Larry enjoys spending time with family and friends, including many days on the golf course, when not following his UNC Tar Heels.
Favorite jazz musicians: Al Jarreau, George Benson, Ella Fitzgerald, Noel Freidline, Ziad Rabie, Maria Howell

Reid Farber

Programming

Reid helps program and organize the great acts that perform at Middle C. A fan of live music and most genres, when Reid is not enjoying an awesome show at Middle C you can most likely find him at any of the other great music venues in Charlotte. Reid also enjoys Panthers games and playing the various golf courses around Charlotte.
Favorite Jazz Musicians: Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, and Ziad Rabie

Teddy Johnson

Managing Director

When he isn’t on a Zoom call managing everything Middle C, you might find Teddy sneaking on to the drums at MCJ or hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Teddy Leverages his 30 years of hospitality management experience in leading the team at Middle C Jazz.
Favorite Jazz Musicians: Duke Ellington, Chic Corea, Billy Cobham

Tracy Maples

Audio/Visual Director

Dani Stavropoulos

Partnership and Programming Specialist

Dani Stavropoulos, a Graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, is our Partnership and Programming Specialist at Middle C Jazz. Dani works on building business relationships, assisting in the programming department, and supporting baby grand hospitality. When she’s not at the club, you can find her weight lifting in the gym or in the kitchen attempting to cook a new mean dish.

Lizzie Taylor

Marketing & Event Specialist

A passionate jazz fan, Lizzie works on marketing, Baby Grand hospitality, and assisting in the box office at Middle C. When she’s not at the club, you can find her training for her next marathon on trails around Charlotte or at the Whitewater Center.
Favorite Jazz Musicians: Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington

Sean Urquhart

Operations Manager

We adoringly refer to Sean, as the heartbeat of the club, and he does have a heart of gold! Sean is our minister of goodwill, always ready to help, and maintains Middle C ready for our guests. His spare time is spent volunteering with local nursing homes and spending time with the loves of his life: his family and his dog Co-Co (aka Co-Co Larue).
Favorite Jazz Musicians: Noel Freidline and Maria Howell, David Pankey, Shamon Scull, Rodney Shelton, Gino Castillo, and The Cuban Cowboys and Yusa.

Cree White

Box Office Manager

Cree is more than likely the first smiling face you will see upon entering the club as the box office is her domain; however, she is also instrumental in communications and logistics with our artists from booking hotels to making sure they are fed. Cree comes to us from Rome Italy where she enjoyed a successful career as a Jazz singer and Actress. 
Favorite Jazz Musicians: John Coltrane, Lizz Wright, Dinah Washington Marcus Miller

Joey DeFrancesco

JOEY DEFRANCESCO “MORE MUSIC”

MAY 20

“More music is what's needed to create positivity and wellness for everybody, regardless of what's happening in the world”

Joey DeFrancesco

Marcus Johnson

MAY 27

Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist, and NAACP Image Award Nominee

Joey DeFrancesco

Alexander Zonjic & Friends featuring James LLoyd of Pieces of a Dream

MAY 28

Alexander Zonjic is an International Award Winning musician, producer, composer, radio personality, philanthropist, and community trustee

Joey DeFrancesco

Jonathan Butler

JUN 3-4

Jonathan Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who leads a life few can imagine.

Joey DeFrancesco

Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra

JUN 10

One of “the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation”

Joey DeFrancesco

Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Karen Briggs

Jun 11

“Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, The Lao Tizer Quartet feat Karen Briggs

Joey DeFrancesco

Jackiem Joyner

Jun 12

Contemporary saxophonist, author, and music producer Jackiem Joyner has set the bar high in his close 20 years as a performer 

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