Old Devil Moon

Noel Freidline Quartet with Maria Howell

The most recent release from Noel Freidline.

Maria Howell - vocals; Noel Freidline - piano; Juan Rollan - tenor sax; Billy Thornton - bass; Al Sergel - drums

Photography by April Freidline (www.aprilfpics.com), Design by Aslan & Israella Freidline (www.IfThenGraphics.com), and Wade Hampton (www.wadehamptonart.com).

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Upcoming Performancs

Music at St. Alban's Presents: Swinging Sophistication - A Tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet featuring vibraphonist Jon Metzger

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, NC

Vibraphonist Milt “Bags” Jackson and pianist John Lewis were not cut from the same cloth. Steeped in the blues, Jackson was a heavy swinger and thrived as an improviser. Lewis was a trained musician with a masters degree, who had aspirations of combining jazz and classical. Together with bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay, as the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) they created a chamber jazz style that highlighted the lyrical tension between Lewis's mannered, but roomy, compositions and Jackson's unapologetic swing.

Long known for their complex and iconic compositions and arrangements, the vast majority of the MJQ’s arrangements have never been published, consequently most of their music has never been heard live outside of their own performances. Working over the course of several months Noel Freidline transcribed a full program of the MJQ’s music, including classics such as “Concorde,” “Vendome,” “Softly As In a Morning Sunrise” and “Summertime.”

Join Noel Freidline as he introduces vibraphonist extraordinaire Jon Metzger as they bring to life the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet. For more info on Jon Metzger - www.jonmetzger.com

Adults $20; Seniors $15; Children Under 18 FREE

Moonlight on Main: Noel Freidline & Maria Howell

Stowe Park, 24 S. Main St, Belmont, NC

You know actress Maria Howell from several Oscar-nominated feature films, The Color Purple, Hidden Figures, and the Academy Award Winning film, The Blind Side. Join us to watch as she and legendary musician, Noel Freidline, define chemistry. Musically they breath as one, communicating almost telepathically as they explore and re-interpret some of the best music of the last 80 years. Always approaching the music from “the left,” Noel and Maria have made a name for themselves as they offer listeners something they have heard, but that they have never heard before. Combine this fresh musical approach with a rapport and witty banter that harkens back to the days of the Rat Pack, and you have Noel and Maria in their element: on stage, thrilling an audience at every turn.

Tickets $25; see site for additional information

NorthStone Jazz Series: The Piano Men - A Jazz Celebration of Elton John & Billy Joel

NorthStone Country Club, 15801Northstone Dr., Huntersville, NC

THE PIANO MEN: A Jazz Celebration of Elton John & Billy Joel Mention piano players and the discussion will quickly move to Elton John and Billy Joel. The two iconic piano men helped define the 70’s and 80’s. Masters of some of the most indelible melodies in pop music history, Elton John and Billy Joel easily helped write the soundtrack for more than two decades.

Piano man Noel Freidline will be returning with vocalist powerhouse Adam McKnight AND chanteuse extraordinaire Maria Howell.

The show will feature some of their biggest hits: “New York State of Mind” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Rocket Man.” You won’t be required to sing along, but it certainly won’t be discouraged!

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