East Meets West: Jazz Under the Influence of the Orient “CMA Jazz on Main” Concert

The Columbia Museum of Art hosts the second concert in the new jazz music series, “CMA Jazz on Main,” under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline on Friday, April 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Inspired by the Japan and the Jazz Age exhibition, the Noel Freidline Quintet travels to the farthest corner of the earth, pulling from the rich tradition of the Far East. “East Meets West” explores jazz under the influence of the Orient.

“Jazz at its core is a hybrid art form, a melting pot for lack of a better term,” says Freidline. “This show will focus on jazz that has been influenced by the rich sounds of the Orient. Even though it is a very specific theme, it is amazing how broad the musical spectrum is that we will be able to cover.”

This spectacular program explores a wide range of influences traversing the globe. Selections include highlights from Dave Brubeck’s Jazz Impressions of Japan, Horace Silver’s Tokyo Blues, and Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, as well as Japanese-themed compositions by jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Django Reinhardt, and Cal Tjader.

The show also features jazz interpretations of Japanese classics, such as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by famed Japanese film scorer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and selections from the Eastern-inspired“Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” by Claude Bolling. Charlotte Symphony flautist Amy Orsinger will be the featured soloist on this crossover classic, which combines the best of the classical and jazz worlds.

We couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to Columbia,” says Freidline. “The premier concert of ‘Jazz on Main’ in January so far exceeded our expectations. The audience absolutely blew us away with their enthusiasm and energy. Just a great night for everyone involved.”

The Noel Freidline Quintet is Freidline on piano and vocals, Renée Ebalaroza on vocals, Juan Rollan on saxophone, Rick Dior on drums, and Tom Hildreth on bass. Formed in 1992, the quintet is celebrating 21 years together. From humble beginnings as a house band at a small restaurant in Jacksonville, Fla., they have graced stages throughout the country and Europe. Their credits include 13 appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, New York’s famed Birdland, and a three-year residency at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The series is presented by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina. Upcoming concerts in 2014 are Friday, September 12, and Friday, November 14. Concerts dates for 2015 are to be announced.

Happy hour starts at 7:00 p.m.Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sponsorship tables are available for $200. Includes premier seating for four guests and a bottle of wine. Individual seats: $40 / $30 for members / $5 students. Cash bar.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 803.799.2810


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