Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
130 S Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art presents a one-night only event to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Jazz at The Bechtler with renown jazz artists Maria Howell, Russell Malone and Nicolas Bearde, joining the Ziad Jazz Quartet. This special event will take place at Knight Theater, and is sure to be an unforgettable evening of jazz to celebrate the new year.
Looking for plans before the show? Experience an exclusive one-hour unlimited beer and wine cocktail reception that will take place in the Bechtler lobby before the show.
Four-time Grammy-nominated guitarist Russell Malone is described as one of the most commanding and versatile guitarists performing today. Born in Albany, Georgia, he began playing at the age of four with a toy guitar his mother bought him. He can move from blues to gospel to pop to R&B and jazz without hesitation, a rare facility that has prompted some of the highest profile artists in the world to call upon him. Malone has shared the stage with the likes of Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr, Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins.
Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocalist scene over the past couple of decades. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Bearde was born in Nashville, TN but now lives in Oakland, Ca. He has sung with McFerrin and acted with Eastwood, and tours the world with Vincent Herring’s New York-based, “Story of Jazz Orchestra” that celebrates 100 years of recorded jazz.
Ziad Jazz Quartet
Ziad Rabie is an acclaimed saxophonist and the artistic director of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Jazz at the Bechtler series, featuring the Ziad Jazz Quartet. The Ziad Jazz Quartet features Ziad Rabie, artistic director and saxophone; Noel Freidline, keyboards; Ron Brendle, bass; and Rick Dior (or Al Sergel), drums. Through performances and recordings, Ziad has made quite a niche for himself as one of the truly outstanding saxophonists in the United States. He has recorded four original albums, written over two hundred original compositions, and his distinctive saxophone sound has been recorded on over 20 albums of various jazz, rock and gospel artists.