Wrap Up June With Sean Mason, Gospel Sunday, and more!
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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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.
Featured Artist of the Week: Sean Mason Trio
Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Sean Mason taught himself by ear how to play the piano at the age of 13. His beginning musical roots included Gospel, Hip-Hop, and R&B music, but then he discovered jazz and decided to make a career of it. After his studies at both The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The Juilliard School, Sean quickly made a name for himself in New York City, performing and touring with many jazz legends, including Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Herlin Riley, among many others – while also venturing outside of the genre working with artists such as Masego, Roy Blair, and Kenneth Whalum. He is most noted for his ability to fluently play many different styles of music, spanning across multiple genres and generations of artists – and while continuing to be an in-demand sideman, Sean also leads his own band, the “Sean Mason Trio”, which exclusively performs his original music. Aside from his performing career, Sean also works in the film and theater space: in film, as the pianist for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) and Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre (The History Channel). In theater, Sean has worked on both Hadestown (Broadway) and Phantom of the Opera (Broadway), and is also a composer, orchestrator, and music director in the off-broadway theater space.
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.
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
On Thursday, June 30 at 7pm, we welcome Air Apparent! Armen Boyajian is a jazz violinist and pianist who has been in the Charlotte, NC area since 2008. His jazz quartet Air Apparent was formed in Washington, DC and included the late pianist and NC native Frank Kimbrough, Ed Howard, and Steve Williams.
On Friday, July 1 at 7pm and 9:15pm, guitarist Terence Young returns by popular demand! Terence Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying Lead Guitarist in the world. He has released 10 cds to date, ranging from Smooth Jazz and R&B, to gospel, Christmas, instrumental rock, and his original guitar compositions.
Shelley Ruffin Presents Iconic Women of Rock, Blues & Jazz
On Saturday, July 2 at 7pm and 9:15pm, join us for a tribute to Iconic Women of Rock, Blues and Jazz with Shelley Ruffin! Inspired by Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Anita Baker, it’s a show not to miss!
MIDDLE C SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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