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Charlotte Talks Christmas Show: Charlotte Jazz And A Cup Of Christmas Tea

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

On our special Christmas Show, 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. Then join us for "A Cup of Christmas Tea."

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 and hear some of their music. Then hear our annual reading of "A Cup of Christmas Tea."

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

GUESTS

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

Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.

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