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CMA Jazz on Main Showcases the Talents of Vocalist Maria Howell

Howell joins the Noel Freidline Quartet for popular concert series

Friday, January 22, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art’s CMA Jazz on Main series returns in 2016 with a special guest, vocalist Maria Howell. Howell joins Artistic Director Noel Freidline and his quartet to honor “Great Ladies of Song” on Friday, January 22. An actress and singer, Maria Howell is best known on screen for her riveting solo in the 1985 film The Color Purple. The North Carolina native has performed alongside legends like Ray Charles and George Benson, but she makes her own mark on the music scene with powerful, emotional vocals that mix gospel, R&B, and soul with jazz classics.

For CMA Jazz on Main, Howell and the Noel Freidline Quartet will pay tribute to some of jazz’s most iconic female vocalists, covering Billie Holliday, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, and more. “I couldn’t be more excited about introducing one of my favorite performers of all time to the Jazz on Main audience,” says Freidline. “This will be a stellar pairing of a great artist with a great audience.” 

Based out of Charlotte, N.C., Noel Freidline and his band have opened for many jazz legends, from Dave Brubeck to Rosemary Clooney. His repertoire brings out the best of every subgenre of the jazz world, including swing, show tunes, and everything from soulful and edgy reinterpretations of Patti Page to Africanized arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel. The Noel Freidline Quartet’s sound is characterized by sophisticated arrangements that always retain a playful element of spontaneity.


Upcoming concerts in the 2015-2016 season:

  • Saxophonist Nelson Rangell – Friday, March 25, 2016


Doors open at 7:00 p.m.Concert at 7:30 p.m. Cash Bar. CMA Galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 students

Premier Table Seating:

$300 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine

$200 4 guests & 1 bottle of wine


Noel Freidline is available for interviews. For more information about Freidline, visit noelfreidline.com


To learn more about Maria Howell, visit http://www.mariahowell.com/.

Tickets and program information can be found at columbiamuseum.org

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