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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The Lao Tizer Quartet Featuring Karen Briggs
“Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, The Lao Tizer Quartet feat Karen Briggs make their return appearance to the intimate setting of Middle C Jazz, on Friday, June 30 in support of their latest, Billboard Jazz Top 10 CD/DVD combo-pack release, Songs From The Swinghouse! Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer (Special EFX, Down To The Bone), the group also features violinist extraordinare Karen Briggs (Yanni, Stanley Clarke), Grammy-winning drum phenom Gene Coye (Leslie Odom Jr, Larry Carlton, Terence Blancherd) and Senegalese bassist, composer and producer, Cheikh N’Doye (Baaba Maal, Weedie Bramah, Mike Stern). Please join us for a memorable evening of music not to be missed!Join us for two shows on Saturday, June 30 at 7pm and 9:15pm with the Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Karen Briggs!
Java: 90’s R&B and Dance Hits
On Thursday, June 29 at 7pm, join us for the best party in town: a JAVA BAND party. Their versatile style combines music including all genres to satisfy the music enthusiast as well as the person that’s the life of the party. Jazz standards, Rock, Motown/Beach, R&B, Hip Hop, and Country–they do it all!
The Joe Gransden Quartet “Songs of Sinatra & Friends”
We’re excited to bring Joe Gransden to Middle C for two shows of “The Joe Gransden Quartet “Songs of Sinatra & Friends” on Saturday, July 1 at 6pm and 8:15pm! At 50 Years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 17 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’ssinging voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.
A Night with #1 Billboard Artist Julian Vaughn
A Julian Vaughn show includes the works: love songs, funky songs, dance songs, ballads, and the occasional fusion tune. Julian has a total of 8 Billboard #1 songs under his belt and you can be assured you’ll be hearing some of those hits such as “On Your Feet”, “Black Dynamite” and the latest: “Sway”. This is a performance you definitely don’t want to miss! Catch the #1 Billboard artist’s Middle C return on Sunday, July 2 at 6pm and 8:15pm.
Featured Artist of the Week: Julian Vaughn
A Dynamic-lead bass player from Kansas City, bassist Julian Vaughn has made an international name for himself since 2010 as a bassist in the jazz genre. Although the bass is often associated with funk, Vaughn likes to play with more of a finesse style as well as some funk.
Julian Vaughn has toured all over the U.S. playing at some of the largest jazz festivals and abroad in places like Dubai, Nairobi, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Lagos Nigeria, and Germany.
Vaughn has recorded 6 albums thus far with 6 billboard #1 hits. In 2020 Vaughn was named the #2 Billboard artist of the year with 2 singles in the top 20 for the top 100 billboard songs of the year. As Vaughn’s recording catalog continues to grow he still wants to continue to redefine the lead bassist role.
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!
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!
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!
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!