Arts & Culture

A Musician's Guide to Charlotte

Harvey Cummings is a man in tune with himself and his hometown. A native of Charlotte, he began a life in music at the early age of 3. He has since become an accomplished saxophonist and pianist, performing alongside decorated industry greats and in front of some of the country’s most celebrated individuals and organizations.

Harvey Cummings - Photo by Project Noir

These days, between live performances at various Charlotte venues (and beyond), Harvey Cummings spends a lot of time teaching the next generation of young jazz musicians. We recently caught up with Harvey and took the opportunity to ask him a little about himself and discover which aspects of Charlotte he is loving the most right now.  

1. Tell us about yourself. How did you get to where you are today?

"I’m just a big kid from the Queen City that loves anything and everything revolving around music. I’ve gotten where I am today with a lot of faith, consistent hard work, and perseverance. I’ve had to open my own doors."

2. What impact has Charlotte had on your career?

"A huge impact. Charlotte definitely helped to raise me, and now it is my turn to use my talents to help the city in return. Whether it’s conducting a jazz master class at The Harvey B. Gantt Center or composing the music for your favorite podcast, I am always trying to show my love and pride for the city.

3. What are some of your favorite places to experience live music in Charlotte?

"You can’t go wrong with Morehead Tavern (they feature live music almost every night of the week). I also enjoy The Evening Muse, Imperial, K Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, and the Neighborhood Theatre, just to name a few. With more venues closing down, it’s important to support the local scene.”

4. What are you listening to right now?

“Lately I’ve found myself listening to a good mix of ‪Kendrick Lamar, ‪Herbie Hancock, J. Cole, and the best of ‪Quincy Jones.”

5. Favorite place to go on the weekend in Charlotte?

“I love brunch, so I’m a regular at the ‘I Still Love The 90s’ brunch parties at Sports One Charlotte. When the weather is real nice, I like to take the dog for a walk on trails at Latta Plantation or Freedom Park.” 

6. What are three of your “go to spots to eat in Charlotte and why? 

“Only three? RuRu's Tacos & Tequila for Taco Tuesday (best tacos in town), Seoul Food Meat Co (the soy garlic wings are the bomb!), and Sea Level NC (I love their oyster happy hour from ‪4-7pm).”