Mid-century art meets mid-century music on the first Friday of each month at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Concerts are performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet.
June 7 - Tribute to Duke Ellington
One of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, Duke Ellington pushed boundaries with his music, daring to change melodies and song constructions in ways that had not been done before. His compositions became the essence of American culture in the early and mid-1900s and still entertain listeners today. Song selections will include Take the “A” Train, Satin Doll, In a Mellow Tone, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Prelude to a Kiss and Sophisticated Lady. Read more.
July 5 and 6 - Special two-night engagement with Maria Howell
Actor, singer and Gastonia native Maria Howell is best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated movie The Color Purple. Throughout her career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists such as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. Howell performed weekly at Atlanta's Sambuca Jazz Cafe for nine consecutive years – from 2002 to its closing in December 2010. She and pianist Bill Wilson held the distinction of being the club's longest-running act. Howell has released several recordings, the most recent, Reflections, is a retrospective collection. Read more.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed. The concert is 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
A limited appetizer menu from e2 emeril’s eatery is now available:
Hummus with peppers and grilled flatbread
In addition to beer and wine, the cash bar now includes select liquor.
Jazz at the Bechtler attendees who visit e2 emeril's eatery before or after the concert are eligible for the restaurant's "3 for $30" three course pre fixe menu. Ask server for details.
Tickets are free for museum members and $12 for non-members. Purchase and reserve tickets online, by phone 704.353.9200 or at the visitor services desk. Museum members must reserve tickets prior to the concert or risk not being able to attend.
Museum visitors receive discounted parking in the Levine Center for the Arts garage. Bring ticket in for validation.
Jazz at the Bechtler News
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Charlotte Observer: Q & A with Ziad Rabie
Charlotte Magazine selects the Bechtler as "Best Jazz Club" in its 2012 Best of the Best issue.
CVNC concert review of July 6, 2012 concert
Charlotte Observer: Bechtler Gets Jazzy on First Fridays
WBTV News 3 goes On the Road with Jazz at the Bechtler
CVNC concert review
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation arts blog: A Sublime Moment of Quintessential Cool
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- Monday10am - 5pm
- Wednesday10am - 5pm
- Thursday10am - 5pm
- Friday10am - 5pm
- Saturday10am - 5pm
- Sunday12pm - 5pm
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