Jazz at the Bechtler
LOCATION: LOBBY AND AUDITORIUM
JULY 5 AND 6
BOTH CONCERTS ARE SOLD OUT.
It will be a cool summer of hot jazz when Maria Howell takes the stage for a special two-night performance July 5 and 6 with the Ziad Jazz Quartet.
Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film The Color Purple, Howell has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Najee, George Howard, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Marvin Hamlisch, Will Downing and Babyface among others. She considers jazz her favorite musical genre. "Jazz has kept me from wondering too far into the sea of uncertainty," Howell said. "I feel more at home in this world of beautiful melodies."
Howell, a Gastonia native, has been known to leave audiences mesmerized with her powerful, sultry, smooth voice, mixing R&B, gospel and soul into her renditions of jazz classics.
As an actress, she has appeared in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, Meet the Browns and House of Payne. Other TV credits include Revolution, Army Wives, Vampire Diaries and Necessary Roughness. Her films include The Blind Side and What to Expect When You're Expecting. Howell's most recent film project is the role of Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is scheduled for a November 2013 release.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed. The concerts are performed from 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum lobby, with a short intermission between sets at approximately 7 p.m.
NEW FOOD AND DRINK
Appetizers from e2 emeril’s eatery are sold before and during the concert. The cash bar offers, beer, wine and select liquor.
Jazz at the Bechtler attendees who visit e2 emeril's eatery before or after the concert can take advantage of an exclusive "3 for $30" three-course pre fixe menu. Ask server for details.
CONCERTS ARE SOLD OUT.
Parking is located at the Levine Center for the Arts garage below the Duke Energy Center, 550 South Tryon Street. The visitor entrance is located on West Stonewall Street. Visitor parking is offered on levels P1 and P2. Bring parking tickets to the museum for discount validation.
Visit the Jazz at the Bechtler page for the dates and themes of upcoming concerts.
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Image: Maria Howel. Photo by Garrett Garms/WSSU