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The Columbia Museum of Art Announces a New World-Class Concert Series,CMA Jazz on Main, with the Noel Freidline Quintet

Columbia, SC - The Columbia Museum of Art launches a new jazz music series, CMA Jazz on Main, under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline to Columbia listeners on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. With the generous support of Dr. Serbin and his partners of Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, the Museum is proud to present the exciting new series bringing amazing, hot jazz performances to the elegant setting of the DuBose-Poston Reception Hall.

"The CMA already has a world-class chamber series and jazz is America's chamber music, so it is only fitting the Museum offer a world-class jazz series as well," says Dr. Serbin.

"We are excited about this new concert series," says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. "We know Columbia loves good jazz and we wanted to bring music of the highest caliber to our audiences. We are indebted to Dr. Serbin for his generosity in funding the series and honored to have a musician as esteemed as Noel Freidline serve as artistic director."

Based out of Charlotte, N.C., the famous swinging repertoire of the Noel Freidline Quintet mines the best of every genre, from the swing of Duke Ellington to the gritty sincerity of Bonnie Rait, from soulful and edgy reinterpretations of Patti Page to Africanized arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel. Vocally driven, their sound is characterized by sophisticated arrangements that always retain a playful element of spontaneity.

Formed in 1992, the Noel Freidline 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.

"We are so excited and honored to be able to partner with the CMA," says Freidline. "Jazz, when done right, is a two-way conversation between the audience and the musicians. The audience becomes another member of the band! Columbia has such a great tradition of music and the arts that we can't wait to bring our show to such a special audience."

The inaugural concert is a tribute to the great voices of jazz. The diversity and talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole, Etta James, Julie London, and a host of others will be celebrated as artists who defined and redefined what a great singer is and have influenced vocalists in every genre since.

"This is such a cool series," says Freidline. "We are just very honored to be able to bring it to a city that is already filled with great music and musicians. Each concert is specially programmed to satisfy the sophisticated and eclectic tastes of the Columbia audience. Each show promises to offer some familiar classics as well as hidden gems."

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Cash bar available. 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.

Upcoming concerts in 2014 are: Friday, April 18, Friday, September 12, and Friday, November 14. Concerts dates for 2015 are to be announced.

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

Tickets and program information can be found at columbiamuseum.org.

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