Published on May 21st, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Stevie Wonder gets the jazz treatment at the Columbia Museum of Art

Pictured Noel Freidline at a past performance at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Baker & Baker presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder with Noel Freidline

Columbia, S.C. – Renowned jazz pianist and bandleader Noel Freidline returns to the Columbia Museum of Art with a slew of special guests for a tribute to one of America’s greatest musical talents on Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m. Baker & Baker presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder with Noel Freidline features vocalists Maria Howell and Adam McKnight, guitarist Eric Brice, and saxophonist Juan Rollan, as well as Freidline himself on piano.

Stevie Wonder is undoubtedly one of the most prolific, successful, and influential artists of the 20th century, with 20 number one hits and 22 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered in just about every genre imaginable — a testament to his genius.

Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film The Color Purple, actress and chanteuse Howell has been known to leave audiences mesmerized with her powerful, sultry, smooth vocal stylings. McKnight has lent his unyielding stage presence and incredible voice to such notable acts as Elton John, Diana Ross, and Wonder himself. Eric Brice, a heavy hitter based in the Los Angeles area, has worked with Chaka Khan, Peabo Bryson, and Stephanie Mills. A member of the Noel Freidline Quintet and a CMA fan favorite, saxophonist Rollan has shared the stage with Al Green and Billy Cobham.

Freidline rounds it out with his exhilarating pianism and smart vocals. Based out of Charlotte, N.C., 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 Baker & Baker series is devoted to highlighting diverse musical performances, ranging from Baroque music with harpsichords to avant-garde music played with nontraditional materials, and showcases musical excellence in its many forms.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. | Cash Bar.
Limited Individual Seating: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students
Premier Table Seating: Four-person tables (includes one bottle of wine): $300 / $240 for members.

Presented through the support of our generous sponsors: Nancy and Rick Layman, Howard Gilman Foundation, Becky and Earl Ellis, Barbara B. Boyd, Bonnie and Harry Goldberg, and Holiday Inn & Suites – Columbia Airport.

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About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA is undergoing a transformation funded by a successful capital campaign. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

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