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Noel & Maria present vocalist Nicolas Bearde

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

Noel & Maria present Vocalist Nicolas Bearde

Nicolas is an award-winning recording artist, who has released 6 solo CD’s on the Right Groove Record label, his last 2 albums climbing to the Top 20 of the US Jazz Week Charts and garnering significant placement in worldwide radio programming He was also a founding and touring member of Bobby McFerrins renowned vocal ensemble, “Voicesta” for over 10 years, and is the lead singer/narrator for sax legend, Vincent Herring’s, “Story of Jazz Orchestra” that toured Europe 2017-2019.

He has performed and recorded with Eric Alexander, James Carter, Vincent Herring, Mike LeDonne, Nat Adderley Jr, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, and Carl Allen, and has performed at clubs, festivals, and concert venues globally, such as: SF Jazz, Yoshi's, San Jose and Monterrey Jazz Festivals, Vibrato, Blue Whale, BB Kings in LA, Smoke Jazz Club and Birdland in NY, Pizza Express and Jazz Cafe in the UK and more.

Two shows nightly: 7pm & 9pm

Nicolas will be joined on stage by Noel Freidline, saxophonist Ziad Rabie, Grammy Award winning bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Justin Varnes.

See site for ticket info

Jazz at the Bechtler ft. Nnenna Freelon

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte, NC 28202

In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer - she toured with Ray Charles, and other great jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. Recently, multi-Grammy nominated vocal artist Nnenna Freelon has delivered her eleventh album after a decade-long hiatus from the studio. With Time Traveler, she offers a celebration of love and a prayer of hope for those living with loss. Learn more at Nnenna Freelon's official website.

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Noel & Maria Presents: Love Letters from Middle C

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

Join Noel & Maria and special guest Adrian Crutchfield as they celebrate what the world needs now: Love, Sweet Love. The best of the love songs, from classics to contemporary.

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Jazz at the Bechtler: Jazz for Lovers featuring Toni Tupponce

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte, NC 28202

Perhaps no other music genre tells us more about love in all its varied shades than jazz. Set the perfect date night with the best smooth, romantic, and sentimental music of the year! Guest vocalist Toni Tupponce evokes the many moods of love for Valentine’s Day.

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Noel & Maria presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered - A Jazz Tribute to Stevie Wonder VOL II

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

A genius of modern music, Stevie Wonder had 20 number one hits. His music has become the soundtrack of an entire generation. A musical renaissance man, Wonder can do it all. It could be argued that he is one of the most gifted and influential composers, vocalists, instrumentalists, producers and social activist of the 20th century. The Noel Freidline Quartet will be joined by vocalist Maria Howell (“The Color Purple,” “The Hunger Games,”) in a jazz celebration of the music of Stevland Judkins Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder and some of Wonder’s hits including “My Cherie Amour,” “Superstition” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” “Living for the City” and many more.

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Noel & Maria present a Jazz Celebration of Carpenter, King & Simon

Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 309 W. Gay St, Lancaster, SC

Three unmistakable voices. Three unmistakable voices that celebrated the best things in life and helped us through hard times and bad days. Three unmistakable voices that knew us, that understood us, and gave us words to tell our story when words failed us. Come enjoy such classics as “Close to You” “It’s Too Late” “I Feel the Earth Move” “Rainy Days and Mondays” “Nobody Does It Better” “You’re So Vain” and many more.

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Jazz at the Bechtler: Post-Holiday Blues

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte, NC 28202

One of the best cures for the post-holiday blues is always the Ziad Jazz Quartet and Jazz at the Bechtler! This month, the Ziad Jazz Quartet will perform their annual post-holiday blues concert highlighting songs that reflect the “many shades of blues” in jazz.

Shows at 6pm & 8:15pm. See site for additional ticket info.

The Noel Freidline Quartet with Vocalist Maria Howell

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

Join Noel & Maria and their amazing band for their 18th consecutive New Year's Eve at internationally acclaimed Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC.
TWO CONCERTS 5:00 PM ~ $165 per person++ 8:00 PM ~ $165 per person++ The prices include: • Concert with The Noel Freidline Quintet featuring Maria Howell • 4 course dinner • Champagne toast • Party favors

Call for ticket and reservation info. 843-842-8620

Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday Jazz

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte, NC 28202

Kick off your holiday with Al Strong and the Ziad Jazz Quartet for the Bechtler’s annual Holiday Jazz Concert. Strong joins Ziad Rabie (saxophone), Noel Freidline (piano), Al Sergel (drums), and Ron Brendle (bass) to perform classic holiday favorites.

Shows at 6pm & 8:15pm. See site for additional ticket info.

Noel & Maria: Together Again for the Holidays

Booth Playhouse - Blumenthal Arts, 130 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC

Join Noel Freidline & Maria Howell and their all-star band as they celebrate the season with their annual Christmas show “Noel & Maria: Together Again for the Holidays”.

On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear”, Noel & Maria created an annual holiday show called “HOME for the Holidays.” After 20 months of a global pandemic, Noel & Maria felt we had all had enough time at home, and decided that “TOGETHER AGAIN” was what they wanted to celebrate this holiday season. Noel & Maria are joined by an all-star ensemble and a number of guest artists as they reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites.

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Piano 2 Piano ~ Salute to Jazz Piano Greats ~ Award~Winning Pianists NOEL FREIDLINE & KEVIN BALES

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

Join Noel Freidline and Kevin Bales as they continue a Jazz Corner tradition of Thanksgiving weekend dueling pianos! March of 2020 Noel and Kevin were booked to perform as 2 pianos for the first time. That show was cancelled due to escalation of Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdowns. A year and a half later, Noel & Kevin will make it happen!

Please see site for show times and ticket info. Reservations are required.

Piano 2 Piano ~ Salute to Jazz Piano Greats ~ Award~Winning Pianists NOEL FREIDLINE & MARTIN LESCH

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

Join Noel Freidline and Martin Lesch as they continue a Jazz Corner tradition of Thanksgiving weekend dueling pianos! A holiday tradition that was put on hiatus last year, Noel and Martin are sure to please as they bring back a memorable evening that has become a fan favorite.

Please see site for show times and ticket info. Reservations are required.

Noel Freidline & Friends Jazz Series: Catching Some Rays - A Jazz Celebration of Ray Charles

Ritz Theatre, 829 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL

Scan the audience of a Ray Charles concert and one would have seen an almost perfect cross-section of American culture, Charles’ fans representing every age, race, and ideology. Combining gospel music with secular lyrics, Ray Charles became the father of soul music. With a signature sound, Charles’ music is undeniably universal. He definitely put the “soul” in soul music!

Noel Freidline launched the Noel Freidline & Friends Jazz Series at the Ritz Theatre in January, 2019. After an 18-month hiatus Freidline returns to the Ritz with a new show that leave you wanting more.

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Middle C Jazz Presents: We're Still Standing - A 2nd Anniversary Celebration of Billy Joel & Elton John

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

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 joined by his masterful quartet and vocalists Adam McKnight and Maria Howell. Adam was the vocal arranger for Elton John, touring and performing with him everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Live-8. Actress/vocalist Maria Howell has appeared in everything from “The Color Purple” to “The Hunger Games,” “Hidden Figures,” and many more.

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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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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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

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Previous events

Noel & Maria present vocalist Nicolas Bearde

 —  —

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

Noel & Maria present Vocalist Nicolas Bearde

Nicolas is an award-winning recording artist, who has released 6 solo CD’s on the Right Groove Record label, his last 2 albums climbing to the Top 20 of the US Jazz Week Charts and garnering significant placement in worldwide radio programming He was also a founding and touring member of Bobby McFerrins renowned vocal ensemble, “Voicesta” for over 10 years, and is the lead singer/narrator for sax legend, Vincent Herring’s, “Story of Jazz Orchestra” that toured Europe 2017-2019.

He has performed and recorded with Eric Alexander, James Carter, Vincent Herring, Mike LeDonne, Nat Adderley Jr, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, and Carl Allen, and has performed at clubs, festivals, and concert venues globally, such as: SF Jazz, Yoshi's, San Jose and Monterrey Jazz Festivals, Vibrato, Blue Whale, BB Kings in LA, Smoke Jazz Club and Birdland in NY, Pizza Express and Jazz Cafe in the UK and more.

Two shows nightly: 7pm & 9pm

Nicolas will be joined on stage by Noel Freidline, saxophonist Ziad Rabie, Grammy Award winning bassist Kevin Smith and drummer Justin Varnes.

See site for ticket info

Jazz at the Bechtler ft. Nnenna Freelon

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. , Charlotte, NC 28202

In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer - she toured with Ray Charles, and other great jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. Recently, multi-Grammy nominated vocal artist Nnenna Freelon has delivered her eleventh album after a decade-long hiatus from the studio. With Time Traveler, she offers a celebration of love and a prayer of hope for those living with loss. Learn more at Nnenna Freelon's official website.

see site for ticket info

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