The Noel Freidline Quintet featuring Saxophonists Juan Rollan & Sam Skelton
April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until April 28, 2018
NOEL FREIDLINE ~ Pianist, Vocalist, Arranger, Composer, Educator
Noel Freidline is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Florida, BA in Music (magna cum laude). A pianist, vocalist, writer and arranger, Noel has been the leader of his own group since 1991.
In addition to his work with the NFQ, Noel performs regularly with the Charlotte Symphony, both as a featured artist and ensemble member. Noel also performs regularly with touring Broadway shows, most recently “Jersey Boys,” “Bring It On,” “Dream Girls,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “White Christmas,” “Les Miserable,” and “Wicked.” With the NFQ Noel has opened for such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, saxophonist David Sanborn, Kenny G, Rosemary Clooney, pianist Dave Brubeck, vocalist Layla Hathaway, jazz legend Roy Ayers, and vocalist Jennifer Holliday.
Noel was named Best Jazz Musician by Charlotte Magazine in 2006 and in 2009 and was named “Best Musical Director” by the Metrolina Theatre Association of the Carolinas. A dilettante of pop culture, Noel has become a popular lecturer for theatres and museums, creating and presenting multi-media presentations on everything from Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons to Mel Brooks. In 2011 Freidline was chosen for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Association (Charlotte, NC) Center Stage Award in recognition of his excellence in service to the arts.
Noel has been a Lecturer in Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2006, teaching such diverse subjects as music business, the history of rock music, jazz arranging, music theory and ear training, and directing the UNCC jazz combo’s as well as the vocal jazz ensemble. He has also maintained a private teaching studio of 35 students per week.
Freidline performs regularly as part of the Ziad Jazz Quartet for Jazz at the Bechtler, a very successful monthly jazz series put on by the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
In August of 2013 Freidline was brought on as artistic director by the Columbia (SC) Museum of Art to create a jazz concert series. January of 2014 Freidline launched Jazz on Main, the CMA’s newest concert series, with an inaugural concert that received rave reviews from a near capacity audience.
Summer of 2014 Freidline became the director of the Lake Norman Big Band, an 18-piece big band founded in 1998 and based out of Mooresville, NC .
In August of 2012 Freidline launched a contemporary music program at Davidson Day School, Davidson, NC. Focusing on teaching contemporary music styles, this is one of three programs like it in the state of North Carolina.
Noel is also currently the music director of non-traditional worship at Providence Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC.
As a composer and arranger, Noel has written and recorded music for ESPN, ABC and the Walt Disney Company, with his most recent work being featured on Monday Night Football, the NBA All-Star Game, and SportCenter. In March, 2012, Noel completed an artist-in-residency program as a teaching artist with the education department of the Charlotte Symphony, composing and conducting several pieces for the Northwest School of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) orchestra and band.
JUAN ROLLAN ~ (saxophone) has had the privilege to perform with such legendary artists as Al Green, Diane Schuur, Bernadette Peters, Ellis Hall and Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue).
Additionally, he has worked with and/or studied with a wide variety of pop, R&B, classical and jazz artists such as Ben Folds, Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Mahogany, Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Kevin Bales, Marcus Printup, the Norl Friedline Quintet, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
“I consciously fell in love with music around the age of six, when I was given a Fisher-Price record player for my birthday and an accompanying record of Kool & The Gangs hit single, “Celebration”. It was love at first listen. I was completely smitten by deep, funky, soulful music and it’s been my lifes passion ever since.”
SAM SKELTON ~ has been active on the Atlanta music scene for well over three decades. Mr. Skelton graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Jazz Studies. During his course of study at GSU, Sam was a Montgomery Music Scholar and a two-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. He continued his saxophone studies with Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University in 1991 focusing on classical saxophone and music education. Other teachers include David and James “Dub” Hudson and Jeff Benedict.
As a woodwind doubler, Skelton is well versed in any genre of music. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio.
Sam has performed and/or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles. World Premiers include James Oliverio’s “Children of A Common Mother”, Lee Johnson’s “Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist” (clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone) and “Seaside Symphony” (clarinet and soprano saxophone soloist). Sam also played the premier recording of “Ora Pro Mi” and “Seaside Symphony” with the London Symphony Orchestra. New musical debuts include: The Prom, Harmony, Bull Durham and Tuck Everlasting.
As a sideman on over 300 recordings, Sam remains very active in the studio and can be heard on recordings by such artists as: Elton John, December Radio, Babbie Mason, Howard Tate, Matchbox 20, Train, Edwin McCain, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players. Television and radio jingles include The Georgia Lottery, The Fox Theater Documentary, Glen Beck, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, Ford, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Nature’s Own, Popeye’s, Papa John’s and Turner South. Television appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Savannah and Sinbad’s Summer Jam II on HBO. GRAMMY nods include Howard Tate’s “Rediscovered” for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Ted Howe’s “Pinnacle” for Best Instrumental Solo (alto clarinet, yes, alto clarinet)
Sam is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Senior Lecturer in Saxophone at Kennesaw State University. He is also Artistic Director of GSO Jazz and GYSO Jazz. Sam served as Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University from 1991 to 2004 and was Jazz Ensemble Director at Georgia Tech from 2002-2004 and Artist-in-Residence at The University Of Georgia Jazz Department. He served as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at Furman University 2001-02. Professional associations include: The Jazz Educators Network, Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (voting member) and the American Federation of Musicians. For his contributions to the city’s cultural life, Atlanta Public Broadcasting named him a “Lexus Leader in the Arts” in 2003. Sam is proud to be a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Artist.