Summer’s Heating Up at Middle C!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Kirk Whalum, Maysa Leak, Jeff Lorber, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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Right To Party
On Thursday, June 16 at 7pm, come dance with Right to Party! With a total of five dazzling lead vocalists backed by a powerful rhythm section and amazing horns, R.T.P. can deliver brand new chart topping Top-40 to Motown/beach to jazz and oldies.
Rahsaan Barber Quintet: CD Release Party for “MOSAIC,” the saxophonist’s latest double-album release
On Friday, June 17 at 7pm and 9pm, join us for a CD Release Party with the Rahsaan Barber Quintet! Saxophonist, composer and music educator Rahsaan Barber has set on a singular path of musical excellence in performance, composition, education and entrepreneurship. Rahsaan enjoys a career that encompasses an ever-expanding range of musical styles including jazz, blues, funk, classical, fusion, soul, Latin and world music.
For The Love of It, an Evening with Karla Harris and the Joe Alterman Trio
On Saturday, June 18 at 7pm and 9pm, be prepared for an evening of power, 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. Join us for two shows of “For the Love of It”: An Evening with Karla Harris and the Joe Alterman Trio!
Featured Artist of the Week: Karla Harris and 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.
In Portland, Karla began working with players such as Randy Porter (Diane Schuur, Gino Vanelli), Bobby Torres (Joe Cocker, Etta James, Tom Jones), Steve Christofferson, and more in that nurturing environment. When asked, she quickly describes her influences as Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and the Fifth Dimension.
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. Alterman continues to perform at many world-renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Les McCann said of the young Alterman “tiny, but only in stature. As a man and a musician. he is already a giant.” Joe says that his influences and heroes are: Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann, and Houston Person.
“Joe has a great sense of what is most meaningful in the history and tradition of our music, and a real solid musical vision of where he wants to take it.”— Houston Person
An Evening with Jessi Little and Special Guests Chase Byrd and Jessica Borgnis
Back by popular demand! Join us for an Evening with Jessi Little on Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm featuring music that takes us down memory lane and stories that make us laugh. This intimate show will be laced with stand-up, fun facts, and songs that we love from artists such as Karen Carpenter and Liza Minnelli.
Remember Whensdays: The Music of Nat King Cole Presented by Stephanie Streater and the Phil Howe Quartet
On Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm, come celebrate one of the most recognized jazz musicians in history with Remember Whensdays: The Music of Nat King Cole Presented by Stephanie Streater and the Phil Howe Quartet!
Chairmen Of The Board: The Legacy Continues
Join us for an evening with Chairmen of the Board: The Legacy Continues on Thursday, June 23 at 7pm! With one of soul music’s all time great names, The Chairmen of the Board has pleased music lovers for over 50 years.
Sean Mason Trio – A Six Year Anniversary Celebration
The Sean Mason Trio returns to Middle C Jazz for their Six Year Celebration on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at 7pm and 9pm! You will hear a diverse range of music, including original music and arrangements from the beginning roots of the band all the way up until now. With humble roots in North Carolina, rehearsing in small practice rooms and performing in up-and-coming venues, the band is now based in NYC and travels/tours all around the world. This show is a celebration of musicianship, camaraderie, and achievements of the Sean Mason Trio.
Gospel Sunday: Tribute to Kim Burrell featuring Ahji
On Sunday, June 26 at 3pm, Fuel your body and move your soul! With classic gospel playlists and live gospel performances featuring a Tribute to Kim Burrell ft. Ahji & The El Lambert Band
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!