Welcome to the official Noel Freidline website.  Our apologies if you were lured into one of the unofficial Noel Freidline websites.  I don't believe any of those actually exist, but if they do, please accept our apologies in advance for any confusion.

 

So lets address the ELEPHANT in the room. 

 

If you have visited us any time in the last several years you probably left discouraged and unimpressed.  Because NOTHING WAS UPDATED!!!!  I wish we had a good excuse.  I don't.  But we do have a sincere apology. 

 

Since we are almost 20% into the 21st Century, I thought it would be a good idea to maintain a working and useful website. 

 

 

I don't blame you if you are skeptical.....

 

 

But check out the CALENDAR

And check out the NFQ Audio Player

Or go to the AUDIO page. 

And the PHOTO GALLERY

 

In the meantime, THANK YOU SO MUCH for checking us out, or giving us another chance. 

 

ALSO, we have a new album out. Here is the super neato and ultra-hip retro album cover. 

 

 

We are really proud of this recording.  It features the unparalleled Maria Howell on vocals, the lovely and talented Juan Rollan on sax, the not-quite-as lovely but definitely as talented Billy Thornton on bass, and the lovely, talented and unparalleled Al Sergel on drums.

 

If you click on "AUDIO" you can stream the entire album right off of our site. 

 

We will have hard copy CDs available the beginning of July, but we are taking pre-orders now.  Pre-orders will ship AUTOGRAPHED at the beginning of July. You can pre-order a hard copy at our STORE.

 

It is available RIGHT NOW to purchase and download at Itunes or OldDevilMoonCD.com.

 

Or visit our SONGWHIP page, which lists everywhere "Old Devil Moon" is available to either purchase or stream.

 

 

Upcoming Performancs

Noel Freidline & Maria Howell: Reimagining Motown, Vol 1

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The Jazz Corner, 1000 William HIlton Parkway, Hilton Head Is., SC

27 number 1 hits, over 60 top 10 hits… Motown had so many hits that one could put together five separate shows of their music and still have plenty of songs left over.

The exemplary songwriting of Smokey Robinson, Holland/Dozier/Holland, as well as Berry Gordy himself, along with the interpretation by such legends as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes and many more has left us with a a repertoire that is prime for reinterpretation.

Join Noel & Maria as they reinterpret and re-imagine the music that defined the 60’s, the Motown Sound!

Mere words can only capture the refrain of MARIA HOWELL’s awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.

Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film The Color Purple, Maria Howell is the perfect combination of artistry and entertainment.

AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime’s, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry’s, “Devious Maids”. Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’ apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius”, starring X-Files’ David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as Seeder, and “Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore’s “The Next Day.” In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV’s, “Saints & Sinners” as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.

A SONG STYLIST in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your soul.”

Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years.

As the leader of the Noel Freidline Quintet for the last 26 years, Freidline has recorded 8 CDs, performed at jazz festivals as diverse as the Jacksonville (FL) Jazz Festival to the Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, served as artistic director for the Columbia Museum of Art jazz concert series, Jazz on Main, launched a new jazz concert series in Jacksonville, FL called Jazz with Noel Freidline and Friends, held down a three-year house band position at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and performed for actress Julia Roberts’ surprise 35th birthday party.

Visit Maria at mariahowell.com

For more on Noel visit www.noelfreidline.com

See link for ticket info. Reservations are a must at The Jazz Corner.

Noel & Maria Present: Keith David's Jazz Cabaret

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Middle C Jazz, 300 S. Brevard, Charlotte, NC

Three-time Emmy winner Keith David performing live with Noel Freidline & Maria Howell at Middle C Jazz.

KEITH DAVID Keith David is a classically trained actor, winning 3 Emmys out of 6 nominations as well as being nominated for a Tony award. He starred in the recently concluded tv series "Greenleaf" for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. He co-starred with Chadwick Boseman in "21 Bridges" which was in theaters last year. He will be in theaters this year in "Horizon Line" with Allison Williams ("Get Out"). “Black As Night,” an anthology series, features Keith and will be on Amazon sometime next year. In addition to his versatile acting and voiceover work, Keith is also a remarkable singer. Previous tour include, “Too Marvelous for Words”, a tribute to the legendary singer Nat King Cole, and a tribute to Joe Williams, “Here’s to Life.”

see link for ticket info

Noel & Maria: The Very Best of Billy, Stevie, Elton and Ray with a twist of...

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Middle C Jazz, 300 S. Brevard, Charlotte, NC

Join Noel & Maria and their all-star band as they celebrate the Middle C Jazz 3rd Anniversary!

Noel & Maria: The Very Best of Billy, Stevie, Elton and Ray with a twist of Motown, Chicago, Sam Cooke, Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway, Peter Cetera, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Four Tops, the Jackson 5, Gladys Knight, and more!,

see site for ticket info

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