Jazz at the Bechtler: Maria Howell

Jazz at the Bechtler: Maria Howell



*Tickets for both this show and the Saturday show are sold out. No walk-up tickets will be available at the door.*

Get your seats now for what is sure to be one of the hottest tickets on the Jazz at the Bechtler calendar! Vocalist Maria Howell reunites with the Ziad Jazz Quartet for a special two-night performance in July.

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 wandering 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 projects were the role of Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as Ms. Sumner in 2016's Hidden Figures.


The July 7 Maria Howell concert will be performed at 6 p.m in the museum lobby. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.


A cash-only bar is offered before and during the concert.


*Tickets for both this show and the Saturday show are sold out. No walk-up tickets will be available at the door.*


Concertgoers receive discounted parking in the Levine Center for the Arts garage. Bring ticket in for validation. 

Image: Maria Howell. Photo by Laura Mueller Photography

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