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Middle C Jazz is honored to welcome countless National Artists to our stage this spring! Don’t miss your chance to see Marion Meadows, Eric Essix, Joey DeFrancesco, Alexander Zonjic, Maysa Leak and more right here at Middle C Jazz – Charlotte’s New Home for Cool!

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Noel & Maria present: “Notes from Middle C LIVE!”

In March 2020, Maria Howell and Noel Freidline decided to do a live streaming show called “Notes from Middle C” and they certainly did not expect the 8000 people who tuned in that week! For the next three months Noel & Maria played every Wednesday night, averaging 5000 views a week.

Two years later, Noel & Maria are revisiting their hit streaming show with “Notes from Middle C LIVE!” Noel & Maria will be joined by their band as they perform many of the favorites from their 3-month run back in 2020 on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 30 at 7pm and 9pm.

One of the special elements from their weekly version of “Notes from Middle C” was their ability to take and perform requests. Noel & Maria want to know what you would like to hear April 29 & 30. If you have a request send it to noelandmariarequest@gmail.com Send the song title and which of the four shows you plan on attending (if you know!).

Maria Howell & Noel Freidline livestream

Livestream is available when you join Middle C On Demand at $9.99 per month.

Featured Artist of the Week: Noel and Maria

NOEL FREIDLINE (Bandleader/Piano)…pianist, vocalist, writer, arranger and educator, doesn’t come close to all things Noel Freidline! As a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Florida, with a BA in Music, Noel has been the bandleader of The Noel Freidline Quintet for over 26 years. He has numerous recordings to his credit, and has performed at jazz festivals from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival (FL)…to the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)…not to mention, a 3-year stint at the world famous Bellagio in Las Vegas, as the house band, leading his NFQ, where he performed for actress Julia Robert’s surprise 35th birthday party.

Noel was named Best Jazz Musician by Charlotte Magazine in 2006 and in 2009 and was named “Best Musical Director”, by the Metrolina Theatre Association of the Carolinas. In 2011 Freidline was chosen for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Association – Center Stage Award (Charlotte, NC), in recognition of his excellence in service to the arts. And in May, 2015, Noel Freidline was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame.

MARIA HOWELL (Vocals)…for over 35 years, this petite NC native, who splits her time between both the east coast and the west coast, has developed her career as a singer, actor, and voiceover artist. Her debut acting role was the choir soloist in the Oscar Nominated film, “The Color Purple”. She has gone on to appear in hit TV shows as Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, NBC’s “Revolution”, and CBS’s “Criminal Minds”. Feature films…“The Blind Side”, “Hidden Figures”, and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. As a song stylist, Maria has shared the musical stage with legendary artists as, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles, Earl Klugh, brothers Ronnie and Hubert Laws, and veteran actor/singer, Keith David.


Middle C is proud to present Night with #1 Billboard Artist Julian Vaughn on October 8th!

Julian Vaughn


5th & York

On Thursday, April 28 at 7pm we welcome back 5th and York! 5th & York have emerged as one of the premier smooth jazz bands to come out of the Southeast.

5th & York


Tribute to Loonis McGlohon and the Musical History of Charlotte at Middle C Jazz

Charlotte’s Trail of History Board has selected internationally admired and respected Jazz musician Loonis McGlohon, as its next historical figure to honor by creating a larger-than-life bronze statue placed along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in uptown Charlotte. Join us for an Evening of Jazz at Middle C featuring musical performances and personal stories to celebrate his life and legacy.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm!

JD featuring Saxophonist Marqueal Jordan


Troy Conn quartet plays George Benson featuring Brandon Stevens

On Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm, come hang out during the Wednesday Night Middle C series with Guitar Heroes: Troy Conn Plays George Benson featuring Brandon Stevens!

Troy Conn


Furia Tropikal: A Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Join us for a special Cinco De Mayo Celebration with Furia Tropikal! They will be bringing the best of of Latin Jazz to the club on Thursday, Mary 5 at 7pm!

Use code CINCODEMAYO for 10% off your tickets!

Furia Tropikal


Marion Meadows

World renowned saxophonist, Marion Meadows, returns to Middle C for five shows! Join us for an unforgettable evening beginning Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8 at 7pm and 9pm!

Marion Meadows

Livestream is available when you join Middle C On Demand at $9.99 per month.


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