Swing Bands, Urban Funk, Jazz Standards and More!
Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Jeff Lorber, Judith Hill, YellowJackets, Billy Cobham, Grace Kelly, Joey Alexander, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!
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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!
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.
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!
Featured Artist of the Week: Frank McComb
Frank McComb is a divine soul man who speaks with the native tongue of soul, jazz, blues and pop. His virtuoso vocal and piano work has made him not only an indispensable and highly sought after session musician, but a favorite on the soul, jazz and R&B scenes.
His fans affectionately describe his work as the perfect combination of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Frank has worked with many of the entertainment industry’s giants including but not limited to: Prince, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, The Rude Boys, Phil Perry, Tommy Davidson, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Songwriting duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, rap duo D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Frankie Beverly and Maze, Teena Marie, Lalah Hathaway, Terri Lynn Carrington, Phyllis Hyman, Valerie Simpson, Philip Bailey, and more.
After signing to Motown’s short-lived jazz label “MoJazz” from 1992 until 1994, Frank was able to lend his vocal chops to the Buckshot LeFonque (Featuring Branford Marsalis) hit song “Another Day”. It was this featured performance that would lead to a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1998 where Frank would record and release his debut CD “Love Stories” in 2000. In 2003, Frank would go on to sign with Malibu Sessions for the release of his 2nd CD entitled “The Truth Vol.1”.
After a bit of soul searching, Frank decided to release his works independently and in 2004 he released his 3rd CD, “Straight From The Vault”, an entirely self-written, self-produced and self recorded CD that would win him the “SoulTracks Readers Choice Award” for “Best Album of the Year” and earn him a spotlight with Jill Scott in an August 2005 publication Oprah Winfrey’s highly respected “O Magazine” as one of Ms. Scott’s favorite CD’s. “Straight From The Vault” also became Prince’s favorite body of work by Frank McComb at the time. “Straight From The Vault” was followed by twelve album releases between 2006 and 2017 under Frank’s own Boobeescoot Music label, the latest CD being his first with his Amsterdam based quartet “No Rehearsal/Live in Amsterdam”. Frank McComb was honored by Music Radar as the 27th greatest keyboard player of all time.
Carrie Marshall- Syncopated Gold: A tribute to the music from the gold era of Hollywood and Broadway
What do you get when you blend the music from the Golden Era of Hollywood, classics from legendary Broadway composers and favorite tunes from the Great American Songbook? You get Syncopated Gold! On Thursday, August 18 at 7pm, enjoy a casually sophisticated evening with libations and jazz with Carrie Marshall, her incredible band and other special musical guests for an unforgettable evening of the classics.
Bob Baldwin: Contemporary, Smooth and Latin/Brazilian Jazz with a dose of urban funk
Coined by industry peers as the “Ray Charles of Contemporary Jazz”, there’s no doubt that Bob Baldwin puts on a great show! On Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at 7pm and 9:15pm, Middle C welcomes Bob Baldwin: Contemporary, Smooth and Latin/Brazilian Jazz with a Dose of Urban Funk!
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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