Kirk Whalum coming to Ovens Auditorium Nov. 23, 2018

A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas coming to Ovens Auditorium Nov. 23

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2018) – Ovens Auditorium will host Kirk Whalum's 7th Annual Chrismas Tour A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets range from $41 to $72 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. A direct link to purchase tickets can be found here.

GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, known for his much-celebrated recording and live performance series, The Gospel According to Jazz, will kick off his 7th Annual Christmas concert tour—A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas—Thanksgiving Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Whalum will share the stage with the phenomenal Sheila E. The concert will also feature Kirk’s brother, vocalist Kevin Whalum, vocalist Lynn Mabry, and musical director, keyboardist and vocalist John Stoddart.

Sheila E picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle and Stevie Nicks among others. Sheila E. continues to produce and perform music throughout the world. Her current studio project and tour, ICONIC, is her continued contribution to the music industry and her efforts in bringing awareness to social issues and humanitarianism.

"The joy of the Christmas season is contagious! And the one thing it must include is music. Sheila E and I will invite the presence of the Spirit in a fresh new way as we present the most creative, imaginative, meaningful and JOYFUL Christmas celebration ever! Don't miss it," says Whalum.

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About Ovens Auditorium

Ovens Auditorium, located adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum, opened in 1955. With a seating capacity of approximately 2,400, Ovens has hosted more than 7,000 events including Broadway shows, symphony concerts, operas, dance recitals and nationally known speakers. For more information, visit