A Jazz Celebration of Steven Wonder Presented by Noel Freidline, featuring Maria Howell, Adam McKnight, and Juan Rollan.
Adam McKnight was Elton John‘s vocal arranger for several years and toured with him, performing everywhere from Madison Square Garden to live aid. He most recently was backing up Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl halftime show back in January.
Juan Rollan has had the privilege to perform with such legendary artists as Al Green, Diane Schuur, Bernadette Peters, Ellis Hall and Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue). Additionally, he has worked with and/or studied with a wide variety of pop, R&B, classical and jazz artists such as Ben Folds, Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Kevin Bales, Marcus Printup, the Noel Friedline Quintet, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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, held down a three-year house band position at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and performed for actress Julia Roberts’ surprise 35th birthday party. In February of 2018, Noel released his eighth album, “Old Devil Moon,” a collaboration with vocalist Maria Howell.