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Two Weekends of Back to Back National Acts!

Bar inside 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 Lindsay Webster, Mindi Abair, Norman Brown, Kat Edmonson, Paula Atherton, Marion Meadows, and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!

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02.24-26.2022

Featured Artist of the Week: Sy Smith

Sy Smith livestream

Livestream is available for the 7pm Saturday show when you join Middle C On Demand at $9.99 per month.

We have a CANNOT MISS national artist this month! Join us for five shows with the fabulous Sy Smith beginning Thursday, February 24 – Saturday, February 26 at 7pm and 9pm. She has worked with Whitney Houston, Sheila E., Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan, Usher, Macy Gray and Chris Botti!

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.

02.23.2021

Remember WHENsdays: Dawn Anthony sings Nancy Wilson – Accompanied by the Sean Higgins Trio

Remember Whensdays is back on Wednesday, February 23 at 7pm! Join us for Dawn Anthony Sings Nancy Wilson Accompanied by the Sean Higgins Trio!

Remember WHENsdays: Dawn Anthony sings Nancy Wilson - Accompanied by the Sean Higgins Trio

01.15.2022

JD Presents Gena Chambers – A night of Soulful R&B

On Sunday, February 27 at 6pm, join us for Smooth Sundays with JD featuring Saxophonist, Tom Braxton!  He has shared the stage with many notable artists including Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr., George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Sheila E., Rick Braun, and more!

JD featuring Saxophonist, Tom Braxton

03.01.2022

Fat Tuesday with The Soda City Brass Band

Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration like none other with sounds from the streets of New Orleans on Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm! Fat Tuesday with the Soda City Brass Band presents the best of the Dirty Dozen, Soul Rebels, Rebirth, and Preservation Hall brass bands.

Fat Tuesday featuring the Soda City Brass Band

03.02.2022

Rodney Shelton Presents The Middle C Jazz All Stars

You’ve never seen Middle C like this before! Enjoy a night of musical talent performed by the Middle C Family and Staff. Hosted by the Farber Brothers, Rodney Shelton Presents the Middle C Allstars is a night you won’t want to miss on Wednesday, March 2 at 7pm!

Fat Tuesday featuring the Soda City Brass Band

Livestream is available for the 7pm Saturday show when you join Middle C On Demand at $9.99 per month.

03.03.2022

Throwback Thursday with the Legendary Black & Blue Experience

Throwback Thursday with the Legendary Black and Blue Experience will play your throwback favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm . With a high-energy choreographed stage presence, this performance will make for a visually exciting experience on top of the groovy music that’s going to be heard all night.

03.04.2022

Colby Dobbs performs hits by the late, great Marvin Gaye

On Friday, March 4 at 7pm and 9pm, join us for Colby Dobbs Performs Hits By the Late, Great Marvin Gaye. 

Colby Dobbs

03.05.2022

An Evening at Middle C with Billboard #1 Singer/Songwriter Lindsey Webster

Join us for a night with Artist of the Year of 2016 and 2017, Lindsey Webster on Saturday, March 5 at 7pm and 9pm. You won’t want to miss this Billboard #1 singer/songwriter perform on the Middle C Jazz stage!

Lindsey Webster-livestream

Livestream is available for the 7pm Saturday show when you join Middle C On Demand at $9.99 per month.

03.06.2022

Join us for Salsa and more at the C with the Marcel Portilla Band on Sunday, March 6 at 6pm!

Join us for Salsa and more at the C with the Marcel Portilla Band on Sunday, March 6 at 6pm!

Marcel Portilla Band

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