Bob Masteller’s JAZZ for ALL Ages Presents: A Jazz CELEBRATION of STEVIE WONDER featuring Adam McKnight & Maria Howell with Noel Freidline’s Quartet
October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Bob Masteller’s JAZZ FOR ALL AGES Presents: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder
A Benefit for The Junior Jazz Foundation
Two Seatings: 5:15 PM and 8:15 PM
Chef Wade’s 4-Course Fall Menu
$100 per person ++
**ADAM L MCKNIGHT ~ SINGER / SONGWRITER / ARRANGER / PRODUCER
With a captivating personality, unyielding stage presence and an incredible voice, Adam L. McKnight, opens his heart and soul in song!! Performing all styles of music, from R&B to Gospel, Pop and even Opera, Adam amazes and astounds audiences with his natural ability to sing. Performing on-stage in bands since age 13, Adam has settled in comfortably as not just a singer, but also an entertainer, putting his heart and soul into every song he sings and enjoying the experience.
As a testament to Adam’s musical ability & vocal talents, in October 2003 & January 2004, he had the extreme pleasure of arranging background vocals & recording with the legendary Sir Elton John, on new music for the Broadway musical “Lestat” and for his critically acclaimed CD “Peachtree Road” released Fall, 2004. In addition, Adam along with members of his choir, Voice of Atlanta, completed a yearlong tour with Sir Elton nationally and internationally, including performances at Madison Square Garden for Katrina victims’ relief and Live 8 in London.
Most recently Adam and his choir Voice of Atlanta were asked to participate and were featured in the 2019 Super Bowl half-time show with Maroon 5. Today Adam continues to arrange music to inspire and entertain audiences across the spectrum.
He has also lent his vocal and arranging talents to such national recording artists as Coy Bowles, Randall Bramblett, Diane Durrett, Scooter Lee & Cee-Lo. He has recorded with Grammy award winners Train and producers Ed Roland & Phil Tan. He has performed on stage with such noted celebrities as Stevie Wonder, B.B.King, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Bonnie Raitt, Zack Brown Band, Lou Gossett Jr., Robert Wagner, Faith Hill, Aaron Neville, Kelly Price, the Pointer Sisters and the Temptations. He has performed countless live shows in the party bands Party Nation, Livin’ Large and Emerald Empire.
He has recorded commercial spots for the Georgia Lottery, TNT Sports, ESPN Radio, Black & Decker, Cellular One and has arranged and sung on a special song for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Currently in addition to spot live performances with Randall Bramblett & Diane Durrett, Adam performs shows in venues around the southeast with Noel Friedline and Maria Howell, 2 very respected artists in their own right.
As a solo artist he has released 2 CDs, “Determination” & “Life: Work In Progress” both available on CDBaby, Apple Music, Google Play and all other major music outlets.
Now devoting his daily efforts to writing and producing new music, Adam is completing his 3rd recording project “Working on Me” scheduled for release on March 23, 2020. As a past Board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy, Adam continues to enjoy the respect of the music arts community.
**MARIA HOWELL ~ SINGER / ACTRESS / VOICEOVER / ARTIST
Mere words can only capture the refrain of MARIA HOWELL’s awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.
Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film The Color Purple, Maria Howell is the perfect combination of artistry and entertainment.
AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime’s, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry’s, “Devious Maids”. Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’ apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius”, starring X-Files’ David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as Seeder, and “Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore’s “The Next Day.” In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV’s, “Saints & Sinners” as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.
A SONG STYLIST in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your soul.”
Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years.
**NOEL FREIDLINE ~ PIANIST / COMPOSER / SINGER / EDUCATOR
As the leader of the NOEL FREIDLINE Quintet for the last 26 years, Freidline has recorded 8 CDs, performed at jazz festivals as diverse as the Jacksonville (FL) Jazz Festival to the Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, served as artistic director for the Columbia Museum of Art jazz concert series, Jazz on Main, launched a new jazz concert series in Jacksonville, FL called Jazz with Noel Freidline and Friends, held down a three-year house band position at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and performed for actress Julia Roberts’ surprise 35th birthday party.
Visit Adam at adamlmcknight.com
Visit Maria at mariahowell.com
For more on Noel visit www.noelfreidline.com
Chef Wade’s 4-Course Menu & Concert: $100.00 ++
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