Previous events

Join Noel Freidline & Maria Howell as they celebrate the season with their annual Christmas show “Noel & Maria: Home for the Holidays”. On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear”, Noel & Maria are joined by an all-star ensemble as they reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Here We Come A’Wassailing,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (with a ‘Dave Brubeck’ twist!), and many many more!

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Join Noel & Maria for their 3rd annual holiday show "Home for the Holidays 2022". On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear”, Noel & Maria reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites in an intimate cabaret setting. Along with their all-star band Noel and Maria will be joined by special guest violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni, Spyro Gyra, SpecialFX). Tickets go on sale the middle of Oct. 2022.

See site 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!,

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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.”

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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.

SATURDAY IN THE PARK: The Music of Chicago They debuted as The Chicago Transit Authority, until the actual CTA forced them to change their name. Shortening it to simply Chicago, they have become a legacy of rock, horn and hits. A band that defined the 70’s and the 80’s, come catch Noel & Maria’s clever jazz interpretations of such classic tunes as “Saturday in the Park” “25 or 6 to 4” “You’re the Inspiration” and “Colour My World”. Enjoy an evening of re-imagined, reinterpreted hits from one of the greatest horn bands in the history of rock and roll as Noel & Maria. If you like Chicago and you like jazz, this is a show for you!

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Noel & Maria present: Motown Reimagined, Vol 1

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

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 repertoire that is prime for reinterpretation. Join Noel & Maria as they reinterpret and reimagine the music that defined the 60’s, the Motown Sound!

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Aug27

Jazz at Jane's: Noel Freidline & Maria Howell

Jazz at Jane's , Blue Ridge, GA

Noel Freidline and Maria Howell appeared once before at Blue Ridge Community Theater and they return again with a special evening that will pay tribute to Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon, Carol King and Stevie Wonder. This is a DYNAMO duo you surely don't want to miss seeing perform together.

Check out Maria at www.mariahowell.com Check out Noel at www.noelfreidline.com

This will be a memorable evening!

Bring your favorite beverages and snacks. Leave the lawn chairs at home.

The location will be emailed to you upon purchase of your tickets.

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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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Previous events

Join Noel Freidline & Maria Howell as they celebrate the season with their annual Christmas show “Noel & Maria: Home for the Holidays”. On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear”, Noel & Maria are joined by an all-star ensemble as they reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Here We Come A’Wassailing,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (with a ‘Dave Brubeck’ twist!), and many many more!

Tickets not on sale yet. Please check back!

Join Noel & Maria for their 3rd annual holiday show "Home for the Holidays 2022". On the heels of their 2019 release “Merry Christmas My Dear”, Noel & Maria reinterpret Christmas classics as well as contemporary holiday favorites in an intimate cabaret setting. Along with their all-star band Noel and Maria will be joined by special guest violinist Karen Briggs (Yanni, Spyro Gyra, SpecialFX). Tickets go on sale the middle of Oct. 2022.

See site for ticket info!

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