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Meet the Musicians: Charlie Mitchell Group Brings Jazz to the Mission on March 14 @ 7pm

2015 March 12
by Michael

The Next Meet the Musicians Event will feature Jazz from the Charlie Mitchell Group.  The free concert takes place at the South Wedge Mission at 125 Caroline Street on Saturday March  14, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  The audience can expect the sweet sounds of Jazz standards along with other treats.  One of those will include a musical demonstration on how the style of Jazz changes the feel of the tune being played.

Charlie M. FreidaCharlie Mitchell Freida has accumulated a unique variety of musical experience over the years, based on a solid musical foundation.  He joined the local cover band Main Squeeze in 1974.  Later, Charlie was recruited to The Fabulous Putz Brothers, which evolved into Bahama Mama, and a brutal gig schedule of 285 dates in one year.  As time marches on, Charlie’s musical resume’ expands and includes: The Penfield Rotary Club Jazz Ensemble, Nik and The Nice Guys, Big Roots, The NFT Jazz Quartet, The Midtown Athletic Club Jazz Band, The Beaumonts and The Charlie Mitchell Group.
Some exceptional musical highlights along the way include performing locally in Kilbourne Hall and Eastman Theater; playing on the original Record Archive jingle recorded in 1981; with The Roots Explosions in Negril, Jamaica.; The 1987 Superbowl in San Diego, Ca.; House bands for syndicated series of The All New Bob Euker Sports Show and ESPN’s Lighter Side of Sports; 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada; recording with Ronnie Spector at Electric Ladyland studio in New York City; Downtown Recorders in Boston, Ma.; and being on stage with Chuck Mangione, Bonnie Raitt, Toots and The Maytals and Chuck Berry.

Joining Charlie will be  Barbara Johnston on drums,  Eric Davidson  on bass and Richard Crummins  on piano.

This series consists of four very special evenings with music, great acoustics and conversations with the musicians themselves.   The program includes two concerts with Jazz and two with Classical Music:

All four concerts are at the South Wedge Mission at 125 Caroline Street and are scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.  Each event is an opportunity to a enjoy a performance and also, in the words of series Classical programmer, David Brickman: “a chat about music in a comfortable, informal and intimate environment”.

“Meet the Musicians” concerts are free with donations appreciated but entirely optional.  Each evening’s  social time will include refreshments at intermission.Major funding is provided by the supporting members of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association  and also via the Neighborhood Spirit Award for 2014 that was part of the Rochester Regional Health System’s Flower City Challenge.     Other funds and assistance are contributed by the South Wedge Mission. 

For more information contact Michael Tomb: arts@highlandparkrochester.org.

Artists Performing at Meet the Musicians 2015

Artists performing in the 2015 series include: Harold Pannell & Friends, Patricia Sunwoo & David Brickman, The Charlie Mitchell Group, and the Amenda Quartet

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