Bob Baldwin and Friends
Bob Baldwin is an award-winning pianist who has traveled six continents, and brings a fusion of Contemporary Smooth Jazz with touches of Funk, and Brazilian-Caribbean flavors. Join us for his return to Middle C on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Featured Artist of the Week: Bob Baldwin
Bob Baldwin is an American Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Radio Host/Inventor. The Mt. Vernon, NY native has recorded on six of the seven inhabitable continents, and while Antarctica is not on his recording bucket list, his short international list, including Dubai, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, UK, Canada, is quite impressive. “Whether it’s a massive festival crowd of 30,000 or an intimate restaurant audience of less than 60, I refuse to rob my audience of great music, top-notch effort and a good personal experience”, says Baldwin.
He’s been coined by industry peers as the “Ray Charles of Contemporary Jazz”, having owned all but seven of his 34 solo recordings. He claims that ownership has helped to sustain him throughout the current pandemic era. His Radio program, NewUrbanJazz, established in 2008, celebrated its’ 700th consecutive weekly radio program on February 28, 2022.
The pianist’s personal goal is to release a 12-song project per year, and since 1988, he has released over 34 projects, of which 27 are owned by his company, City Sketches Records (distributed by The Orchard/Sony Music). Discs #35 and 36 are in the works. His current 2021 release, “The UrbanSmooth Suite” was a vocal extravaganza with various vocalists Monica Mason, Regina Troupe, Toni Redd and others as well as Earth, Wind and Fire original Ralph Johnson on drum on the uptempo “Dance 3000”.
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, Euge Groove, Bob Baldwin, Lindsay Webster, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Queen Cree Presents: CATCH A FIRE, A Tribute to Bob Marley in Jazz
Affectionately known by the Middle C Jazz family and guests alike as “Queen Cree”, Cree White has been a warm and inviting staple at the club since the opening of its doors 3 ½ years ago. Don’t miss Cree’s farewell to Middle C on Thursday, August 10 at 7pm with “Catch a Fire”: A Tribute to BOB MARLEY in Jazz!
The Jazz Legacy Project Presents- Cannonball Adderley: Spreading the Gospel of Jazz
Cannonball Adderley was one of the most prominent and popular American jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s whose exuberant music was firmly in the bop school but which also employed the melodic sense of traditional jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, Adderley is best-known for his work on alto saxophone and for his recordings with Miles Davis and with his own small groups. The Jazz Legacy Project pays tribute to him on Sunday, August 13 at 6pm!
The Gianni Russo Experience at Middle C Jazz
The Gianni Russo experience is an incredible adventure with the Hollywood Godfather himself, Gianni Russo. This is a live multimedia presentationwith Gianni sharing his charismatic storytelling, interspersed with pictures, video and captivating live music performances. Don’t miss your chance to be transported through the past on this journey and indulge in the side of Hollywood you just can’t get anywhere else. The Gianni Russo Experience is here on Tuesday, August 15 and 6pm!
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Capt. Mike & The Shipwrecked: A tribute to Jimmy Buffett
Mike Ramsey has made a career playing music, just to use that money to jet off to the Caribbean and sail around. Never wanting to leave, he’s decided to just bring the tropical sounds and environment to the stage! With some of Charlotte’s finest musicians, Captain Mike is bringing the Jimmy Buffett classics, deep cuts, and covers to Middle C on Wednesday, August 16th at 7pm!
Sol Fusion Band Presents Your Favorite Movie Tunes
Sol Fusion is bringing a night of classic and contemporary film singalongs that you forgot you knew all the words to! Bring your dancing shoes, warm up those vocal cords and reminisce as we take you on a highway to the danger zone. Don’t miss their return to Middle C on Thursday, August 17 at 7pm!
Grammy-nominated Smooth Jazz Supergroup: Jazz Funk Soul
Smooth jazz supergroup Jazz Funk Soul started in the mid-2010s as a collaborative trio featuring Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, and Everette Harp. They released two albums with 2014’s Grammy-nominated Jazz Funk Soul and 2016’s More Serious Business. After Loeb’s death in 2017, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. joined for 2019’s Life and Times and 2022’s Forecast, both of which honored Loeb and continued to showcase the trio’s hooky, groove-oriented sound. Join us for two shows on Friday, August 18 at 7pm and 9:15pm!
Contemporary Jazz Guitarist Eric Essix
Over a period of more than 34 years and 28 full length album releases, Eric Essix has maintained a steady flow of new music that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz. Following the success of his Songs From The Deep project, Eric recently released his 28th album entitled STRiDE on his Essential Recordings label, again distributed by Lightyear Entertainment/Virgin Music/UMG. He returns on Saturday, August 19 at 7pm and 9:15!
Lovell Bradford Quartet Plays an Evening of Original Compositions
Pianist Lovell Bradford has performed with artists such as Jennifer Holiday, Pharez Whitted, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ronnie Burrage, and many others. He is the Adjunct Jazz Piano Instructor at Davidson College and currently serves on the faculty of Jazz Arts CHARLOTTE (JAC) Youth Ensembles & Workshops. Join us for a night of original compositions on Sunday, August 20 at 6pm!