Stay Cool this August at Middle C Jazz
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Bob Baldwin, Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, Joey Alexander, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Eric Essix: In Stride
On Sunday, August 7 at 6pm, Veteran guitarist Eric Essix and his band bring their distinctive fusion of jazz, gospel, soul, and funk to Middle C! Join us for Eric Essix: In Stride!
Featured Artist of the Week: Eric Essix
Over a period of more than 30 years and 25 full-length album releases, Eric Essix has not only maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz throughout his career, he appears to have no intention of stopping. This fact is evident with the release of 9 compositions, all written, arranged, and produced by Essix called, “Songs From The Deep”. This latest effort by Eric, revisits the artist’s favorite theme, his Birmingham, Alabama southern roots. It is a project that reveals the soul of the man and his music as he continues to reconcile his love for his homeland, its culture, and its people, with its history.
Since launching his own indie label Essential Recordings in 2002, Eric has scored numerous radio hits, starting with “Sweet Tea” from 2004’s Somewhere in Alabama and continuing with “Shuttlesworth Drive,” a musical tribute to the great civil rights pioneer, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, which spent 7 consecutive weeks at #1 on Smoothjazz.com and over 20 weeks in the Top 10; “New Focus,” which reached #27 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart; and “Foot Soldiers,” which hit #1 on the Smoothjazz.com Indie Chart and #9 on the Top Fifty chart among numerous other industry airplay lists. Five years after its release, “Foot Soldiers” remains in regular rotation on SiriusXM Watercolors.
Those celebrated hits are not simply standalone achievements, but powerful invitations to the deeper artistry Eric has offered through a discography that is populated with thematic concept albums. Collectively, these works reveal his life’s many passions and ultimate purpose as a musician and artist.
The Music of Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Others Presented by The Paul Dozier Group
Guitar Heroes series returns with The Music of Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Others Presented by The Paul Dozier Group on Wednesday, August 3 at 7pm!
Rodney Shelton & Eric Brice present Brandon Stevens: The Songs of Baby Face
On Thursday, August 4 at 7pm, we welcome back one of our most popular jazz jam themes. Join us for Rodney Shelton and Eric Brice Present Brandon Stevens: The Songs of Baby Face!
Come join us at Middle C Jazz for a night with Four80East on Friday, August 5 at 7pm and 9:15pm. Four80East is a Toronto-based electro-jazz duo that’s all about the groove. Drawing from their diverse musical influences, Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have created a signature sound that combines electronic production with live instrumentation.
Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner
Back by popular demand, Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents the Best of Tina Turner! Join us on Saturday, August 6 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Join us for a jazzy night on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm with vocalist, Emmaline! 23-year-old vocalist, violinist, and songwriter Emmaline has accomplished an impressive laundry list of achievements so far. After performing as the opening act for 10-time-GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan, this Cincinnati-based, independent artist captivates the hearts of all who hear her smoky, jazz-infused, genre-fluid voice.
A Swingin Weekend with the Joe Gransden Quintet Featuring Robyn Springer
On Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 at 7pm and 9:15pm, Middle C welcomes back two of our favorites for A Swinging’ Weekend with the Joe Gransden Quintet Featuring Robyn Springer! Join Joe and Robyn for your favorite swing tunes, standards and more!
Frank McComb Up Close and Personal
Performances by Frank McComb make you feel like you’re in his living room more so than at his concert. He interacts with his crowd and musicians during his show, turning it into an experience. Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 14 at 6pm!
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!