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Maria Howell with Noel Freidline & Joe Gransden

September 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$15 - $100

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Friday, September 9, 2016
LIVE Oceanside at The Sonesta Resort OCEAN PAVILION on Hilton Head Island

Award-Winning Actress/Vocalist MARIA HOWELL, Pianist/Composer NOEL FREIDLINE & Trumpeter/Vocalist JOE GRANSDEN with their SEPTET

6:00 PM ~ VIP Reception with cocktails and tapas at the OCEAN PAVILION
Live entertainment before the concert at the VIP Reception
Reserved VIP seating for the concert

Doors Open @ 7:00 PM


POWERFUL…RIVETING…SULTRY…Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. Maria Howell is much more. 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.


Howell’s signature film performance as the choir soloist in the movie “The Color Purple” was quoted by one critic as being “one of the film’s most stirring moments!” Her rendition of “God Is Trying to Tell You Something” was memorable for all who saw it, but the offerings of the all-grown-up Maria are truly unforgettable, eliciting more stirring moments, one after another.


Some may be inspired to call her best kept secret, but anyone who leaves an imprint on every medium from radio, stage and television to the Hollywood screen is hardly incognito. Howell’s talent has been featured as a nightclub singer “Goldie”, in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, produced by George Lucas (Chicago and NY episodes, which also features veteran actor Keith David). Other roles on the small screen include “Linda”, where she plays alongside master performers Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways).


Her credibility as a true thespian flourished when she nailed a coveted role as the daughter of Maya Angelou’s character in Langston Hughes’ “Tambourines to Glory” stage play. She has worked with famed actor, director and producer, Tyler Perry in film, “Daddy’s Little Girls” and in his TV sitcoms “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” (TBS).


She has appeared alongside actress Regina King, as her best friend in Lifetime Television’s “Living Proof”, starring Harry Connick, Jr. More credits she adds to her resume are, “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime), “Past Life” (FOX), “Vampire Diaries” (CW) and “The Blind Side”, starring Sandra Bullock, “Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC), “The Game” (BET). “Field of Vision” (NBC), “Single Ladies” (VH1), “Necessary Roughness” (USA). “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”, starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid. She also appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame’s TV release of “Firelight”, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., where she plays the part of Mrs. Easle. She played the role of “Grace” in Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, and Jon Favreau’s show, “Revolution” on NBC, which aired for 2 seasons.


Maria adds to her credits, the role of Atty Ida Hayes, alongside Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), and Susan Lucci in Marc Cherry’s “Devious Maids”(Season 1 on Lifetime) and “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, where she plays the part of “Seeder” (District 11). Zane’s “Addicted” (role of Nina), as Bird’s mom Delilah, on MTV’s hit show, “Finding Carter”. A very fun holiday movie that debuted at the 18th Annual Urban World Film Festival 2014, “Christmas Wedding Baby”, (Miranda), followed by its TV premiere on BET (by award-winning director Kiara C. Jones). Most recently, Maria has completed filming on two projects. Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore’s “The Next Day”, about a couple processing grief on INSP TV’s Moments.org, and coming in 2015, “Sons 2 The Grave”, a film directed by famed actor, Mykelti Williamson – most known as “Bubba” in Forest Gump..


Visit Maria at http://www.mariahowell.com/


Noel Freidline is an award-winning pianist, vocalist, writer and arranger, and has been the leader of his own group since 1991.


In addition to his work with the NFQ, Noel performs regularly with the Charlotte Symphony, both as a featured artist and ensemble member.  Noel also performs regularly with touring Broadway shows, most recently “Jersey Boys,” “Bring It On,” “Dream Girls,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “White Christmas,” “Les Miserable,” and “Wicked.”  With the NFQ Noel has opened for such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, saxophonist David Sanborn, Kenny G, Rosemary Clooney, pianist Dave Brubeck, vocalist Layla Hathaway, jazz legend Roy Ayers, and vocalist Jennifer Holliday.


Noel was named Best Jazz Musician by Charlotte Magazine in 2006 and in 2009 and was named “Best Musical Director” by the Metrolina Theatre Association of the Carolinas.  A dilettante of pop culture, Noel has become a popular lecturer for theatres and museums, creating and presenting multi-media presentations on everything from Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons to Mel Brooks.  In 2011 Freidline was chosen for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Association (Charlotte, NC) Center Stage Award in recognition of his excellence in service to the arts.

In August of 2013 Freidline was brought on as artistic director by the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art to create a jazz concert series.  January of 2014 Freidline launched Jazz on Main, the CMA’s newest concert series, with an inaugural concert that received rave reviews from a near capacity audience.


Summer of 2014 Freidline became the director of the Lake Norman Big Band, an 18-piece big band founded in 1998 and based out of Mooresville, NC .

As a composer and arranger, Noel has written and recorded music for ESPN, ABC and the Walt Disney Company, with his most recent work being featured on Monday Night Football, the NBA All-Star Game, and SportCenter.    In March, 2012, Noel completed an artist-in-residency program as a teaching artist with the education department of the Charlotte Symphony, composing and conducting several pieces for the Northwest School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) orchestra and band.


Joe GRANSDEN is a young man with an old soul and a classic voice.  He is a great new talent with a wonderful since of humor to boot.  And don’t forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet! – Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director


Visit Noel at http://www.noelfreidline.com/


At 43 Years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released 14 CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.  “When I first heard Joe nine years ago, I immediately thought of Chet,” says Jazziz magazine critic James Rozzi, “but lately his voice has taken on its own style with a deeper resonance. His trumpet has always alternated lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. He has the ability to cover the gamut of emotions.”


Not long after high school, Joe was on the road as a sideman with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. A number of A.F.M. contracted sideman gigs include Barry White, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, etc. Eventually moving to New York City, he performed with numerous groups, including sub work with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Chico O’Farrill at the famous Birdland Jazz Club. Meanwhile, Joe formed his own group, which performed in Brooklyn each week and included the venerable guitarist Joe Cohn and ex-Betty Carter bassist, Matt Hughes. “Having my own group and being fortunate enough to travel, play, and record has been a dream come true,” says Joe.


“Exploring the music with a steady group of great players has enabled me to continually grow.” Joe Gransden growing legion of fans around the country have obviously taken note. In Atlanta, where Joe plays steadily 5-6 nights a week in as many venues, his loyal following includes an array of people from blue-collar workers to upper crust businessmen and businesswomen who all share a love of good music.  Like many developing jazzmen, Gransden’s early influences, which include Kenny Dorham and Miles Davis, were easily recognizable in his playing throughout his formative years. “Emulating the jazz greats is always the very first step,” says the historically-rooted Gransden. “But obviously, in order to be true to myself—who I am, what I believe in, my family background—I need to have a sound that’s my own. It’s taken me until recently to hone in on that voice and explore its potential. One of the truly enjoyable things about my career has been finding that my audience appreciates my individual talents.”


A widening schedule has found Joe performing the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at Café 290 in Atlanta w/his 16 Piece Big Band , The Blue Note in New York City, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head SC, The Ritz-Carlton at Reynolds Plantation W/Michael Fienstein, The Museum of Art and Design in midtown Manhattan, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Ga and Tehema Golf Club in Carmel, California (where Joe plays occasional events for Clint Eastwood). Joe also released his cd “Close To My Heart” produced by Saxophone great Kenny G. The cd is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Joe and Kenny. His brand new project entitled “Songs of Sinatra & Friends” features Joe w/his 16 piece Big Band & Strings Celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra!  The CD and has been getting great reviews and lots of airplay around the country.


Visit Joe at http://www.joegransden.com/




September 9, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 - $100


Junior Jazz Foundation


Sonesta Resort
130 Shipyard Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 United States
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