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May
8 Sat
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Marion Meadows

Charlotte, NC
United States
Show at 9:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $43.20
GENERAL ADMISSION: $54.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 29, 2020 10:08 AM to May 8, 2021 9:15 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.


LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE C ON DEMAND SUBSCRIBERS. $9.99 FOR UNLIMITED MONTHLY STREAMING. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine.


He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path. He was intrigued by the styles of jazz musicians, like Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington and many others. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco, R&B and various jazz ensmbles. I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got my real graduate degree playing clubs, says Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, “Invitation” and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick (Aquarium Dream) . Things just fell into place. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with “For Lovers Only”, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at New York’s Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. One day, while waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the attention of fellow traveler, producer and TV composer Jay Chattaway, who happened to be passing by on his way to the train. Chattaway was so impressed with Meadows’ sound that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. Meadows and James collaborated on a recording which unfortunately went unreleased. The experience put him on the road to his eventual success. Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing , Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. In 1990 Meadows submitted a solo project to Steve Backer at Novus/RCA and was signed to a recording contract, thus marking the beginning of his solo career. Meadows’ first RCA release “For Lover’s Only” was a huge success and was followed by his ground breaking “Keep it Right There” album. 


$43.20 - $54.00
May
9 Sun
Image for Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows

Charlotte, NC
United States
Show at 7:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $40.00
GENERAL ADMISSION: $50.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 29, 2020 10:08 AM to May 9, 2021 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

LISTEN


WEBSITE


Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine.


He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path. He was intrigued by the styles of jazz musicians, like Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington and many others. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco, R&B and various jazz ensmbles. I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got my real graduate degree playing clubs, says Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, “Invitation” and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick (Aquarium Dream) . Things just fell into place. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with “For Lovers Only”, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at New York’s Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. One day, while waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the attention of fellow traveler, producer and TV composer Jay Chattaway, who happened to be passing by on his way to the train. Chattaway was so impressed with Meadows’ sound that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. Meadows and James collaborated on a recording which unfortunately went unreleased. The experience put him on the road to his eventual success. Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing , Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. In 1990 Meadows submitted a solo project to Steve Backer at Novus/RCA and was signed to a recording contract, thus marking the beginning of his solo career. Meadows’ first RCA release “For Lover’s Only” was a huge success and was followed by his ground breaking “Keep it Right There” album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Passion (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Players Club (2004), Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets (2009) Whisper (2013) and most recently Soul Traveler, the first installment of his Soul Trilogy which now showcases his current release, Soul City" on the New York based Shanachie Label. Meadows is a semi-pro cyclist, graphic artist and designer. Marion received a doctorate from Wilberforce Universty in 2016. 


$40.00 - $50.00
May
14 Fri
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Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
CLUB SEATING: $38.00
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $30.40

TICKET SALE DATES
CLUB SEATING / BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY Public Onsale: February 18, 2021 12:00 AM to May 14, 2021 9:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

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


Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.




Gena Chambers
A true Southern girl Gena Chambers hails from Columbia SC, where the Baptist Church was the catalyst for her humble beginnings. Because her family is rooted in music she flourished and her love of it was carefully cultivated. While Gena favors RnB her musical palate includes tastes for Jazz, Pop, Country and Hip Hop as well.

 

Gena’s singer/songwriter/ performer talents provided the opportunity for her to travel all over the country however, she settled in the burgeoning city of Charlotte NC. While there Gena was able to assemble a band with which she regularly performs at various venues and events around the city. Some of her more notable acts include performing with or opening for jazz legends such as Gerald Albright, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows, Magdalena Chovoncova, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Oli Silk, Bob Baldwin and Johnathan Fritzen; RnB giants like Raheem DaVaughn, Sheila E, and Shelea.

 

Aside from celebrating with and for her fellow musicians Gena was also bestowed the prestigious honor of performing for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Gena’s passion for music is evident in her life’s work as she has painstakingly crafted a multifaceted repertoire. She is the quintessential artist, a true showpiece of the Charlotte music scene.


$30.40 - $38.00
May
14 Fri
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Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
CLUB SEATING: $38.00
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $30.40

TICKET SALE DATES
CLUB SEATING / BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY Public Onsale: February 18, 2021 12:00 AM to May 14, 2021 11:15 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.




Gena Chambers
A true Southern girl Gena Chambers hails from Columbia SC, where the Baptist Church was the catalyst for her humble beginnings. Because her family is rooted in music she flourished and her love of it was carefully cultivated. While Gena favors RnB her musical palate includes tastes for Jazz, Pop, Country and Hip Hop as well.

 

Gena’s singer/songwriter/ performer talents provided the opportunity for her to travel all over the country however, she settled in the burgeoning city of Charlotte NC. While there Gena was able to assemble a band with which she regularly performs at various venues and events around the city. Some of her more notable acts include performing with or opening for jazz legends such as Gerald Albright, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows, Magdalena Chovoncova, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Oli Silk, Bob Baldwin and Johnathan Fritzen; RnB giants like Raheem DaVaughn, Sheila E, and Shelea.

 

Aside from celebrating with and for her fellow musicians Gena was also bestowed the prestigious honor of performing for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Gena’s passion for music is evident in her life’s work as she has painstakingly crafted a multifaceted repertoire. She is the quintessential artist, a true showpiece of the Charlotte music scene.


$30.40 - $38.00
May
15 Sat
Image for Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
CLUB SEATING: $38.00
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $30.40

TICKET SALE DATES
CLUB SEATING / BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY Public Onsale: February 18, 2021 12:00 AM to May 15, 2021 9:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

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


Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.


LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE C ON DEMAND SUBSCRIBERS. $9.99 FOR UNLIMITED MONTHLY STREAMING. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE




Gena Chambers
A true Southern girl Gena Chambers hails from Columbia SC, where the Baptist Church was the catalyst for her humble beginnings. Because her family is rooted in music she flourished and her love of it was carefully cultivated. While Gena favors RnB her musical palate includes tastes for Jazz, Pop, Country and Hip Hop as well.

 

Gena’s singer/songwriter/ performer talents provided the opportunity for her to travel all over the country however, she settled in the burgeoning city of Charlotte NC. While there Gena was able to assemble a band with which she regularly performs at various venues and events around the city. Some of her more notable acts include performing with or opening for jazz legends such as Gerald Albright, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows, Magdalena Chovoncova, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Oli Silk, Bob Baldwin and Johnathan Fritzen; RnB giants like Raheem DaVaughn, Sheila E, and Shelea.

 

Aside from celebrating with and for her fellow musicians Gena was also bestowed the prestigious honor of performing for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Gena’s passion for music is evident in her life’s work as she has painstakingly crafted a multifaceted repertoire. She is the quintessential artist, a true showpiece of the Charlotte music scene.


$30.40 - $38.00
May
15 Sat
Image for Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Gena Does Tina: Gena Chambers Presents The Best of Tina Turner

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
CLUB SEATING: $38.00
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $30.40

TICKET SALE DATES
CLUB SEATING / BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY Public Onsale: February 18, 2021 12:00 AM to May 15, 2021 11:15 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION

Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.


LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE C ON DEMAND SUBSCRIBERS. $9.99 FOR UNLIMITED MONTHLY STREAMING. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE




Gena Chambers
A true Southern girl Gena Chambers hails from Columbia SC, where the Baptist Church was the catalyst for her humble beginnings. Because her family is rooted in music she flourished and her love of it was carefully cultivated. While Gena favors RnB her musical palate includes tastes for Jazz, Pop, Country and Hip Hop as well.

 

Gena’s singer/songwriter/ performer talents provided the opportunity for her to travel all over the country however, she settled in the burgeoning city of Charlotte NC. While there Gena was able to assemble a band with which she regularly performs at various venues and events around the city. Some of her more notable acts include performing with or opening for jazz legends such as Gerald Albright, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows, Magdalena Chovoncova, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Oli Silk, Bob Baldwin and Johnathan Fritzen; RnB giants like Raheem DaVaughn, Sheila E, and Shelea.

 

Aside from celebrating with and for her fellow musicians Gena was also bestowed the prestigious honor of performing for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Gena’s passion for music is evident in her life’s work as she has painstakingly crafted a multifaceted repertoire. She is the quintessential artist, a true showpiece of the Charlotte music scene.


$30.40 - $38.00
Jun
25 Fri
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Jeff Lorber Trio

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $25.60
GENERAL ADMISSION: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 22, 2020 11:00 AM to June 25, 2021 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION



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


Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.




Jeff Lorber Trio


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WATCH


WEBSITE


By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.


In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.


More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording,


Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, ®


revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY - nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.


Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.


Stretching the envelope has been Lorber’s strategy from the very beginning. Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Lorber began playing piano when he was just four years old. By his teen years, he had hooked up with several local R&B bands, but his tastes trended more toward jazz when he studied at Berklee College of Music.


 





$25.60 - $32.00
Jun
25 Fri
Image for Jeff Lorber Trio

Jeff Lorber Trio

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $25.60
GENERAL ADMISSION: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 22, 2020 11:00 AM to June 25, 2021 9:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION



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


Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.




Jeff Lorber Trio


LISTEN


WATCH


WEBSITE


By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.


In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.


More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording,


Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, ®


revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY - nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.


Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.


Stretching the envelope has been Lorber’s strategy from the very beginning. Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Lorber began playing piano when he was just four years old. By his teen years, he had hooked up with several local R&B bands, but his tastes trended more toward jazz when he studied at Berklee College of Music.


 





$25.60 - $32.00
Jun
26 Sat
Image for Jeff Lorber Trio

Jeff Lorber Trio

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $25.60
GENERAL ADMISSION: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 22, 2020 11:00 AM to June 26, 2021 7:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION



Craft cocktails and small plates begin at 6:00 pm.
Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.


LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE C ON DEMAND SUBSCRIBERS. $9.99 FOR UNLIMITED MONTHLY STREAMING. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE




Jeff Lorber Trio


LISTEN


WATCH


WEBSITE


By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.


In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.


More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording,


Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, ®


revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY - nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.


Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.


 





$25.60 - $32.00
Jun
26 Sat
Image for Jeff Lorber Trio

Jeff Lorber Trio

Charlotte, NC
United States
Doors at 8:00 PM, Show at 9:00 PM
 More Information
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY: $25.60
GENERAL ADMISSION: $32.00

TICKET SALE DATES
BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY / GENERAL ADMISSION Public Onsale: December 22, 2020 11:00 AM to June 26, 2021 9:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION



Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.


LIVESTREAM AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE C ON DEMAND SUBSCRIBERS. $9.99 FOR UNLIMITED MONTHLY STREAMING. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE




Jeff Lorber Trio


LISTEN


WATCH


WEBSITE


By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.


In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.


More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording,


Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, ®


revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY - nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.


Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.


Stretching the envelope has been Lorber’s strategy from the very beginning. Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Lorber began playing piano when he was just four years old. By his teen years, he had hooked up with several local R&B bands, but his tastes trended more toward jazz when he studied at Berklee College of Music.


 





$25.60 - $32.00

300 South Brevard Street
Charlotte, NC
United States