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Charlotte Talks: All That Jazz In The Queen City


Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 2019

Jazz is making a comeback in Charlotte and it seems like the whole city is working together to make it happen. We meet two of the performers and two entrepreneurs making the Queen City groove.

When the Jazz Cellar closed in 1994, Charlotte was left without a significant jazz venue. Despite the small space with limited seating, artists who could fill stadiums occasionally performed there, including Eric Clapton, Prince and B.B. King.

Just over a month ago a new jazz club opened with similar aspirations. Two of Charlotte’s own headlined their opening weekend – and it all seems possible because a local jazz institution has laid the foundation for a (Re)Birth of the Cool in the Queen City.

We bring them all together to learn how a struggling art has found new life in Charlotte.

Credit Jennifer Worsham/WFAE
Noel Freidline, Larry Farber, Lonnie Davis, Maria Howell, Mike Collins


Maria Howell, Charlotte-based jazz vocalist and actor

Noel Freidline, Charlotte-based jazz pianist, arranger and educator

Lonnie Davis, president, CEO & co-founder of JazzArts Charlotte

Larry Farber, owner & co-founder of Middle C Jazz Club

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Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.