Previous events

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.

see site for ticket and streaming info

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.

See site for ticket info

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.

See site for ticket info.

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

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

Catching Some Rays: A Jazz Celebration of Ray Charles

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

Join Noel and Maria and their all-star band as they celebrate one of America’s greatest performers “Georgia On My Mind” “What I Say” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” “I’ve Got a Woman” and many more.

See site for ticket and reservations information. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BECAUSE OF HIGH DEMAND.

Catching Some Rays: A Jazz Celebration of Ray Charles

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

Join Noel and Maria and their all-star band as they celebrate one of America’s greatest performers “Georgia On My Mind” “What I Say” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” “I’ve Got a Woman” and many more.

See site for ticket and reservations information. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BECAUSE OF HIGH DEMAND.

Catching Some Rays: A Jazz Celebration of Ray Charles

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

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, Ray Charles music is undeniably universal. He definitely put the “soul” in soul music! Join Noel and Maria and their all-star band as they celebrate one of America’s greatest performers “Georgia On My Mind” “What I Say” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” “I’ve Got a Woman” and many more.

See site for ticket and reservations information. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BECAUSE OF HIGH DEMAND.

Noel & Maria present Catching Some Rays: a Jazz Celebration of Ray Charles

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

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, Ray Charles music is undeniably universal. He definitely put the “soul” in soul music! Join Noel and Maria and their all-star band as they celebrate one of America’s greatest performers “Georgia On My Mind” “What I Say” “I Can’t Stop Loving You” “I’ve Got a Woman” and many more.

Join Noel & Maria and their all-star band as they bring this amazing show into the legendary Jazz Corner, one of the premier jazz music venues on the planet! RESERVATIONS ARE A NECESSITY!

See site for ticket and reservation information.

Upcoming Performancs

Previous events

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

 —  —

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.

see site for ticket and streaming info

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.

See site for ticket info

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.

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