The Noel Freidline Quintet

CMA Jazz
on Main

Featuring Artistic Director
Noel Freidline

Presented by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina

Enjoy this exciting series of amazing, hot jazz performances, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline, in the elegant setting of the DuBose-Poston Reception Hall.

2014 - 2015 Season

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  • Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Friday, November 14, 2014
  • Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Individual Concert Tickets

    Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

    General Admission:

    • $35 non-member tickets
    • $28 member tickets
    • $5 student tickets

    Premier Table Seating:

    • $300 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine
    • $200 4 guests & 1 bottles of wine
    • "Jazziz" magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is "an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil." The Times of London notes "his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and his undoubted virtuosity," adding that Nelson is "one of fusion's most accomplished exponents."

      Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.

      Nelson Rangell will join the Noel Freidline Trio for an amazing evening of contemporary and straight ahead jazz.

    • The Great American Songbook

      From the 1920's through the 1950's composers with names such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and Richard Rodgers composed some of the most enduring melodies of the last 150 years.

      Their body of work has become known as the Great American Songbook. It was the music that gave hope to a nation in the grips of the Great Depression and provided a soundtrack for when the GI's left for war and came home in peace. A country was defended, families were raised and a nation was built to these songs.

      Presented in conjunction with "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera," an exhibit highlighting the creative process of the beloved American illustrator Norman Rockwell, "Celebrating the Great American Songbook" will feature the Noel Freidline Quintet with vocalist Renee Ebalaroza, back by popular demand. Repertoire for the evening will include the great American songwriters as well as vocalists such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and Bing Crosby.

    • George Shearing  Lullaby of Birdland One was knighted by the Queen of England, another was named a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, and another won eight Grammy Awards and was referred to as the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington. There is no shortage of world-class jazz pianists, but the names George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson stand out amongst the best. Each developed a signature sound in the 1950's that would become a point of reference. Their unique styles would go on to heavily influence countless musicians that would follow.

      The Noel Freidline Trio with special guest saxophonist Doug Henry presents an evening of music made famous by Shearing, Jamal and Peterson including such classics as "Lullaby of Birdland," "So Rare," "Poinciana," "But Not for Me," "Night Train" and "Band Call."

    • Benny GoodmanIn 1938 Benny Goodman took his orchestra into Carnegie Hall, becoming the first jazz group to ever perform in the famous theatre. Featuring members of both the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestra's alongside his own band, he helped elevate the status of swing music. Twenty years later Duke Ellington and his orchestra would cause a near riot at the Newport Jazz Festival with a charismatic performance that was credited with revitalizing Duke's career. Both of these performances are considered amongst the greatest jazz concerts of all time.

      Whether at the height of its popularity or considered a classic from yesteryear, with its infectious beat and unforgettable melodies swing music has always had the ability to move audiences.

      On April 17th Jazz On Main will close out its season with a "Tribute to the Swing Bands." Join artistic director Noel Freidline as he augments his trio with a four-horn section to deliver music from such swing luminaries as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, and the Dorsey Brothers.

About Noel Freidline

Pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger and educator, Noel Freidline has led his own band since 1992. He has recorded seven CDs with his group and has also composed and recorded music for ESPN, ABC and Disney. Noel is currently a Lecturer in Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and in 2012 began an artist in residency at Davidson Day School (Davidson, NC) creating a one-of-a-kind contemporary music program. He is also the director of the Lake Norman Big Band (Mooresville, NC) and the artistic director of the new Center City 6th & Tryon Jazz Series in Charlotte, NC.