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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An Evening with Karla Harris and the Joe Alterman Trio: The Moon to Gold Show
We’re excited to bring Karla Harris and Joe Alterman back to Middle C for two shows of “The Moon to Gold Show” on Saturday, July 15 at 7pm and 9:15pm! Be prepared for an evening of powerful, emotion-tugging vocals presented through straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, blues favorites, and a few originals. Think Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and the Fifth Dimension all in one night.
Featured Artist of the Week: Karla Harris
& Joe Alterman
Jazz vocalist Karla Harris has made a career within the art form she loves for more than three decades, captivating audiences from Portland to Provence. While in college, Karla began singing with the St. Louis Jazz Quartet, a group featuring highly regarded regional jazz vocalist Jeanne Trevor, an early mentor. In the early 2000s, she was lead vocalist in combos led by internationally acclaimed bassist Tom Kennedy, whose credits include such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Ben Vereen, Dave Weckl. An invaluable experience, it helped pave the way when a 2005 move to the Pacific Northwest landed Karla in Portland, Oregon’s, celebrated jazz scene.
“Vocalist Karla Harris tends to take the stage by storm and doesn’t let go till it’s all over.” – Clubscene
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Alterman moved to New York in the fall of 2007 to study music at New York University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music. While there, he had the opportunity to study with greats including Don Friedman, Joe Lovano and John Scofield.
On Wednesday, July 12 at 7pm, join us for Chicago Rewired – The Premier Chicago Tribute Band! This band is a tribute to “Chicago®” – one the longest running and most successful pop/rock groups in history with record sales topping 100,000,000 including 21 top 10 singles, 5 consecutive number one albums, 11 number one singles, and 5 gold singles. The band comprises a unique blend of talented and seasoned musicians joining forces with the common goal of accurately replicating the timeless music of “Chicago®” – the soundtrack to great memories for so many people.
The Chris O’Leary Band
Chris O’Leary’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin, among others. Catch his show at Middle C on Thursday, July 13 at 7pm!
An Evening with Grammy-Nominated Contemporary Jazz Pioneer Richard Elliot
On Friday, July 14 at 7pm and 9:15pm, legendary saxophonist Richard Elliot makes his Middle C Jazz debut! A musician’s musician, for Elliot, the line-up alone on Authentic Life is a testament to the respect and adoration he has garnered from his peers throughout his enviable four – plus decade career. Never one to rest on his laurels, the saxophonist confides, “With every record, I try and push my boundaries and stay just a little bit out of my comfort zone so that hopefully I can create an environment for evolution. There is such a camaraderie in this genre. If you are in it for any meaningful period of time you have this community of artists. I feel very fortunate and privileged.”
JukeBox Jazz: A Jazzy Treatment to Popular Songs Throughout the Decades
Enjoy an uplifting night of music with Carrie Marshall and her band performing different eras in popular American music! Each song has Carrie’s unique, artistic take on these popular tunes made famous by such such great artists as Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse, the Beatles and MORE on Sunday, July 16 at 6pm!
5th & York
5th & York have emerged as one of the premier smooth jazz bands to come out of the Southeast. With influences ranging from the Yellow Jackets and Fourplay to the great funk bands of the 70s and 80s, 5th and York look to offer its audience a valuable experience they won’t soon forget. Join us for 5th and York on Thursday, July 20 at 7pm!
“Something To Talk About”…Blues & Soul Vocalist Shelley Ruffin Presents the Music of Bonnie Raitt
We’re excited to bring Shelley Ruffin to Middle C for two shows of “Something To Talk About”: The Music of Bonnie Raitt on Friday, July 21 at 7pm and 9:15pm! Shelley gravitates toward music with a common thread, a distinct soulful flavor. There’s no doubt she has been influenced by soul, southern gospel, blues, rock, country and jazz. She loves blending styles and adding her own interpretation of the singers that have influenced her love for music.
An Evening with Flautist and Soul-Jazz Phenomenon Ragan Whiteside
Flute-playing soul-jazz phenomenon Ragan Whiteside has become one of the genre’s most consistently dynamic and popular artists. Thanks to her incredible skill and creativity on her chosen instrument, as well as her charismatic presence on stage, Whiteside is at the top of her game. That was demonstrated in October 2022, when she became the first artist to win the competitive Best Contemporary Jazz Artist Award at the inaugural Jazz Music Awards, held at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta. Whiteside is also a 2023 NAACP Image Award Nominee and four-time nominee for the Smooth Jazz Network’s Best Artist Award. Catch her debut on Saturday, July 22 at 7pm and 9:15!
A Night with Charlotte’s Own Howard McNair: Jazz, Soul, R&B
We’re excited to bring Howard McNair to Middle C for one show on Sunday, July 23 at 6pm for a night of Jazz, Soul, and R&B! McNair has been able to connect and share the stage as a pianist and organist with prominent musicians and artists. A few artists that McNair has shared his gifts with include Mike Phillips, Carol Riddick, and The Hamiltones.
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!