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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Aug 17 - 18 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$14 in advance, $16 at the door.

Brice Winston plays DEXTER GORDON

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Aug 17 - 18 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$14 in advance, $16 at the door.

Brice Winston plays DEXTER GORDON

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

After much-acclaim and sold-out performances, Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s (JAI) monthly series—The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater – is swinging through the summer on August 17 & 18, with renowned tenor saxophonist Brice Winston making his debut at the Jazz Room with a tribute to jazz icon DEXTER GORDON. The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

Dexter Gordon is widely regarded as the first musician to translate the language of mid-20th century modern jazz - "bebop" - to the tenor saxophone. Born in Los Angeles, he left high school early to travel with the Lionel Hampton Band. After returning to California, he joined Louis Armstrong’s orchestra—a highlight of his career. In 1944, Gordon joined the Billy Eckstine band, the source of many of the Bebop innovators of the time, and was surrounded nightly by such greats as Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Sonny Stitt. Gordon’s sound and his style would influence many of the younger tenor players of that day, including Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. By the late 1940s, Gordon appeared on the famed 52nd Street in New York City with the day’s leading bebop musicians including Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and Max Roach. In 1960 Gordon signed with Blue Note, recording numerous classics with many notable musicians including Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Bud Powell, and Billy Higgins. Gordon also travelled and worked extensively in Europe until his return to the US in 1976. Gordon continued performing and recording and in 1986 moved into his new career, acting, in the motion picture Round Midnight for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Actor. Dexter Gordon died in 1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Saxophonist and composer Brice Winston is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He studied music at the University of New Orleans, where he spent more than 16 years performing with world-class musicians including such notables as Brian Blade, Ellis Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. After touring with Payton’s band for a year, his acquaintance with band leader and composer Terence Blanchard led to a close musical relationship that continues to this day. Brice has been touring with Blanchard for over ten years, affording him the opportunity to perform and record with some of the greatest musicians in the world including Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland, as well as record for movies scored by Blanchard for film director Spike Lee. Brice currently runs the Tucson Jazz Institute Community Music School and continues to record and perform in jazz clubs and music festivals all over the world.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

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Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Limited booster seats available at Belk Theater.

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems. A wheelchair accessible "unisex" restroom on the Belk Theater's Grand Tier level accommodates persons who may need assistance from a spouse or companion of the opposite sex. Ask an usher for the location.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Belk Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of Tryon and 5th Streets or valet parking on Tryon. If you wish to receive this service, please contact the Box Office at least 2 days prior to the performance to make these arrangements.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions. For Belk Theater performances, patrons can pick up headsets at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At Belk Theater, assistance is available at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested. There will be one Sign Interpreted and Audio Described performance in each Broadway Lights engagement on a Sunday at 2pm.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance. In Belk Theater, headsets may be checked out from the coat check located in the Grand Tier.

Communication Devices
TTY/TOO is available on the Mezzanine Level of the Belk Theater near the entrance from Founders Hall.