Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage! Don’t miss your chance to see Sy Smith, Maysa, Gerald Albright, Althea Rene, Bobby Sparks, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows, Alex Bugnon and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Rhythm4U and Friends: Revisiting Contemporary R&B and Fusion from the 80’s and 90’s
On Thursday, March 16 at 7pm, Rhythm4U and Friends, led by Shamon Scull and featuring Adrian Crutchfield, return to Middle C for one show of Contemporary R&B and Fusion from the 80’s and 90’s! Come groove with us on a Thursday and catch them all weekend with Sy Smith on Friday and Saturday!
Sy Smith performing with Rhythm 4 U Band
We’re excited to bring Sy Smith to Middle C for a for four shows on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7pm and 9:15pm! Sy Smith has long since solidified her place in the world of underground soul music (she’s often called “the hardest working woman in underground soul”). This Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer helped cultivate the nu-soul scene in that city more than 10 years ago, a scene which now easily boasts some of the most progressive artists of that genre to date.
The Saturday 7pm show has SOLD OUT!
Featured Artist of the Week: Sy Smith
Sy Smith has long since solidified her place in the world of underground soul music (she’s often called “the hardest working woman in underground soul”). This Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer helped cultivate the nu-soul scene in that city more than 10 years ago, a scene which now easily boasts some of the most progressive artists of that genre to date, some of whom came directly from Smith’s own band line-ups (including Thundercat and Kamasi Washington). Her catalog includes 5 studio albums, with contributions from a who’s who of producers (James Poyser of The Roots, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange). All 5 of her albums, including her brand new project “Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete” have been heralded by critics around the world for Smith’s lyrical dexterity, her vocal whimsy (often colored with a very distinctive rhythmic swing that’s all her own) and her ability to spin a story like few others in soul music. Listeners often remark on Smith’s vocal range, which moves effortlessly from a speakeasy, gritty alto all the way to a stratospheric soprano whistle register reminiscent of the late Minnie Riperton.
Smith’s career began as a backing vocalist on some of the music industry’s most coveted gigs. She has provided supporting vocals for Whitney Houston, Sheila E., Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan, Usher, Macy Gray and The Rickey Minor Band (as seen on American Idol for six seasons and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno). Most recently though, she’s caught the ear of jazz aficionados as a featured guest with Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. Audiences around the world are often astounded to see Smith’s voice and Botti’s trumpet go note-for-note in playful competition on stage, and her performance of “The Look Of Love” on his Grammy-nominated DVD “Live In Boston” is an audience favorite. Jazz critics have also taken note of Smith’s solo performances in her genre-bending presentations (e.g. “SySingsJanet!”, her jazz-reworking of classic Janet Jackson songs), which include her often sitting in on piano, synth bass and manipulating her own vocal effects on with an on-stage processor.
A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – One Irish Rover: Van Morrison Tribute Band
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – One Irish Rover: Van Morrison Tribute Band at Middle C Jazz has SOLD OUT! See you in your green garb on Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm!
Danielle Wertz- Album Release: Other Side
Danielle Wertz is an award-winning artist on the rise. Her compositions and arrangements weave together elements of jazz, folk and the use of her voice as an instrumental texture to create an intimate and personal musical world. Described as, “untarnished by the politics of music” (Jazz Music Archives) and “at home alongside more contemporary exponents of improvised singing” (LoudMouth, AU) Danielle has rapidly gained national acclaim. Catch her at Middle C on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM!
One Moment In Time – A Tribute to Whitney Houston by Annie Adams
“One Moment in Time” brings Whitney Houston’s musical legacy to life in this newly created and high intensity tribute show. Be dazzled by the breathtaking vocals of Annie Adams as she takes you on a journey through the wonderful songs and bodies of work of America’s Sweetheart Whitney Houston. Along with the accompaniment of her live band “The Annie Adams Experience” join us for a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm!
An Evening with Soul-Jazz Flautist Althea Rene
On Friday, March 24 at 7pm and 9:15pm, join us in welcoming “The Original Soul-Jazz Flautist” Althea Rene back to bring her unique branding of a typically classical instrument to our stage. Some regard her as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists. The multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Najee playfully refers to her as the “Maceo of the flute”.
An Evening with Two-time Grammy Nominated Musician Christian Sands and The High Wire Trio
Christian Sands’ third recording for Mack Avenue Music Group captures and establishes him as a forceful leader in composition and conceptual vision. His music is akin to the element which has no form of its own, taking on the structure of whatever musical composition and performance in which it finds itself and is a universal necessity. Join us for his Middle C debut on Saturday, March 25 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Both shows with Gerald Albright on Sunday, March 26 at 6pm and 8:30pm have SOLD OUT!
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