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Jul22

THE PIANO MEN: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John 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 vocalist Maria Howell and his masterful quartet. 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” “Your Song” “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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Maria Howell presents: Girls in Gowns

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

Craft cocktails and small plates begin at 6:00 pm.

Middle C Jazz has General Admission seating available on a first-come basis. We also offer preferred seating for our Baby Grand members. For information regarding our Baby Grand Membership click here. “Girls in Gowns” is the brainchild of Singer/Actor, Maria Howell. Born from her desire to collaborate and perform with other “girls” in the industry, coupled with her love of wearing gowns, and for a good cause. The concept was initially launched as a fundraising event in Atlanta, GA, to benefit Students Without Mothers, Inc., where she’s served as a Board Member for over 10 years. Joining Maria for this musical experience, are special guests, international recording artist and songwriter, Tracy Hamlin, and international virtuoso violinist and recording artist, Karen Briggs!
Maria Howell Maria is a vocalist, actor, and voiceover artist. She began her career in 1985, as the choir soloist, in the iconic movie, “The Color Purple”, and went on to appear in network TV shows, such as “Revolution” (NBC), "Criminal Minds” (CBS), "The Resident” (FOX), as well as shows on BET+, Hallmark, and Lifetime. A few of her big screen appearances, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Hidden Figures”, and “The Blind Side”. Maria also lends her voice to numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, audiobook & documentary narrations, as well as animation. Most recently as “Tallulah”, a recurring character on Ellen Degeneres’ animated series, “Little Ellen” (HBO Max). Tracy Hamlin Tracy is a Baltimore-born, classically trained vocalist, songwriter & international recording artist. She has executive produced 5 solo R&B/Jazz albums. Tracy has performed in over 50 countries as a solo artist, as lead vocalist with Pieces of a Dream, and as a lead background vocalist with Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor. Karen Briggs Karen is known internationally as a virtuoso violinist with extraordinary versatility, in her ability to cover a wide span of various genres. Some of that includes an eclectic range of orchestral, Gospel, Funk, R&B, Latin, New Age, Rock, Hip Hop, Middle Eastern, and several Jazz styles. Linked by improvisation and embellishment, her audio-visual signature has become extremely popular, and she is constantly sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects internationally. She has performed as a featured soloist in over 45 countries.

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May8

This season’s pops will feature solo vocalist, Maria Howell, and jazz pianist, Noel Freidline.

A gifted actress & voiceover artist, Maria Howell’s captivating presence & talent go beyond singing to the big & small screen. Mere words can only capture the refrain of her 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. Read more about Maria Howell.

Noel Freidline is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Florida, BA in Music (magna cum laude). A pianist, vocalist, writer, arranger and educator, Noel has been the leader of his own group since 1991. In February of 2018, Noel released his eighth album, “Old Devil Moon,” a collaboration with vocalist Maria Howell. Read more about Noel Freidline. This family-friendly FREE outdoor event is a seasonal favorite.

Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome.

Details are subject to change. Check the website for updates.

Sponsored by City of Monroe Additional support by Union County Community Foundation

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.

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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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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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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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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

Upcoming Performancs

Previous events

Jul22

THE PIANO MEN: The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John 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 vocalist Maria Howell and his masterful quartet. 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” “Your Song” “Only the Good Die Young” and “Rocket Man.” You won’t be required to sing along, but it certainly won’t be discouraged!

see site for info

Maria Howell presents: Girls in Gowns

 —  —

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

Craft cocktails and small plates begin at 6:00 pm.

Middle C Jazz has General Admission seating available on a first-come basis. We also offer preferred seating for our Baby Grand members. For information regarding our Baby Grand Membership click here. “Girls in Gowns” is the brainchild of Singer/Actor, Maria Howell. Born from her desire to collaborate and perform with other “girls” in the industry, coupled with her love of wearing gowns, and for a good cause. The concept was initially launched as a fundraising event in Atlanta, GA, to benefit Students Without Mothers, Inc., where she’s served as a Board Member for over 10 years. Joining Maria for this musical experience, are special guests, international recording artist and songwriter, Tracy Hamlin, and international virtuoso violinist and recording artist, Karen Briggs!
Maria Howell Maria is a vocalist, actor, and voiceover artist. She began her career in 1985, as the choir soloist, in the iconic movie, “The Color Purple”, and went on to appear in network TV shows, such as “Revolution” (NBC), "Criminal Minds” (CBS), "The Resident” (FOX), as well as shows on BET+, Hallmark, and Lifetime. A few of her big screen appearances, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Hidden Figures”, and “The Blind Side”. Maria also lends her voice to numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, audiobook & documentary narrations, as well as animation. Most recently as “Tallulah”, a recurring character on Ellen Degeneres’ animated series, “Little Ellen” (HBO Max). Tracy Hamlin Tracy is a Baltimore-born, classically trained vocalist, songwriter & international recording artist. She has executive produced 5 solo R&B/Jazz albums. Tracy has performed in over 50 countries as a solo artist, as lead vocalist with Pieces of a Dream, and as a lead background vocalist with Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor. Karen Briggs Karen is known internationally as a virtuoso violinist with extraordinary versatility, in her ability to cover a wide span of various genres. Some of that includes an eclectic range of orchestral, Gospel, Funk, R&B, Latin, New Age, Rock, Hip Hop, Middle Eastern, and several Jazz styles. Linked by improvisation and embellishment, her audio-visual signature has become extremely popular, and she is constantly sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects internationally. She has performed as a featured soloist in over 45 countries.

See site for ticket info

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