The Beatles take over CMA Jazz on Main

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art presents A Jazz Celebration of The Beatles, the third concert in the 2017 – 2018 season of CMA Jazz on Main. On Friday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m., the Noel Freidline Quartet takes on the Fab Four in an evening that masterfully reimagines some of the iconic band’s most well-known songs, including “Let It Be,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “In My Life,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Blackbird,” and “Come Together.”

John, Paul, George, and Ringo — no last names needed. The Beatles were that iconic, innovative, and influential. In less than ten years, they redefined pop and rock and pointed the way to how music would be created for the next 40 years. Not the least of their contributions may be a lexicon of songs that can stand up to reinterpretation and recasting into most any genre. Their masterful melodies and strong harmonic approach makes their music a perfect jumping off point for jazz musicians.

“I have always felt that the test of a really good song is whether it can survive when you put it in a different genre than it was originally intended,” says Noel Freidline, internationally renowned bandleader and artistic director of CMA Jazz on Main. “The music of The Beatles is a classic example of songwriting at its best. The melodies are so strong, so memorable and musical. Combined with chord progressions that are points of reference in themselves, their music is perfect for reinterpretation. And so much of their music is woven into the sonic tapestry of the ’60s and ’70s and has been embraced by generations that were born long after the Fab Four broke up. This allows us to take their music in so many different directions without the fear of losing its relevance.”

Based out of Charlotte, N.C., Freidline and his band have opened for many jazz legends, from Dave Brubeck to Rosemary Clooney. The Noel Freidline Quartet’s sound is characterized by sophisticated arrangements that always retain a playful element of spontaneity.

“This has been one of the most popular shows we have performed throughout the Southeast,” says Freidline. “I know it is something Columbia audiences will appreciate.”

Saxophone Summit, the 2017 – 2018 season finale of CMA Jazz on Main, is set for Friday, May 11, 2018.

Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students
Premier Table Seating:
$300 for 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine
$200 for 4 guests & 1 bottle of wine

Presented through the generosity of supporting sponsors.

For more information, visit

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. Though some sections of the building will be affected during some phases of the work, the CMA remains open throughout renovations. The project is expected to be complete in late 2018. To learn more, visit

SCBIZtv is part of the SC Biz News family, serving 100,000 high-level business execs throughout South Carolina. Click for more from SCBIZtv.