Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash

Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash



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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art announces a special, one-night only event designed to celebrate all things jazz as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art kicks of its 10-year anniversary in 2020.

Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash, a special anniversary edition of the museum’s monthly Jazz at the Bechtler series, showcases some of the best of the best.

Nationally-renowned jazz artists Maria Howell*, Russell Malone and Nicolas Bearde join the Ziad Jazz Quartet on the stage of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Knight Theater for an unforgettable evening of jazz and celebration to make sure we kick off 2020 on the right note(s).

Looking for plans before the show? CLICK HERE! Experience an exclusive one-hour unlimited beer and wine cocktail reception that will take place in the Bechtler lobby before the show. Click here for more information.

*PROGRAM UPDATE - Due to a family emergency, Nnenna Freelon is unable to join us as scheduled for this Friday’s Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash. We send love and support to Nnenna and her family during this time. 

Save the 13% convenience fee by purchasing your tickets in person at the Blumenthal Box Office at the Belk Theater located at 130 N. Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202. Open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.


Maria Howell 

Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.  A song stylist in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, and Ray Charles to name a few. She considers jazz her favorite musical genre. "Jazz has kept me from wandering too far into the sea of uncertainty," Howell said. "I feel more at home in this world of beautiful melodies."

Russell Malone

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. 

Nicolas Bearde

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. 

Images courtesy of ©Chris Creative Silence, russellmalone.net, nicolasbearde.com and ©Daniel Coston

Celebrating 10 Years: A Jazz at the Bechtler Birthday Bash, a special anniversary edition of the museum’s monthly Jazz at the Bechtler series, showcases some of the best of the best.

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