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The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Society presents:

Past and Upcoming:


Summer Mini guest series at Depot Park (supported in part by a grant from the Lee County Arts Council)
Aug. 9 7pm – 9pm Yolanda Rabun, guest vocalist with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

In her established music career, Yolanda has shared stages with jazz
and music icons, performing internationally as lead jazz singer with the Stanley Baird Group,
with Clay Aiken throughout North Carolina, opening for Tony and Grammy winner, Jennifer
Holiday, and working with the late Isaac Hayes for the former President Ronald Reagan.
Yolanda has been a guest artist with orchestras, including the Free Spirits of Raleigh Symphony
Orchestra and sang in festivals across the world. Yolanda also recently played such venues as
The Atlanta Jazz Festival (Main Stage), the Beyu Caffé (Durham), The Artsplosure Festival
(Raleigh), and Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint (Atlanta).
A noted and award-winning actor, Yolanda has appeared with rave reviews in several NC
Regional theatre productions including ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘Ragtime’, ‘Smokey Joe’s Café and
Temple Theatre’s 2010 production of ‘Crowns’. Yolanda lists Burning Coal Theatre’s awardwinning
production of Shakespeare’s’ ‘Twelfth Night’ as one of her favorite shows where
Yolanda created and sang the original straight ahead jazz compositions for her role as “Feste”.
(Free Admission)

Sept. 13 7pm – 9pm Demetria Carter, guest vocalist with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra
Born in Illinois to Ronald and Linda Carter, Demetria was introduced to music almost immediately. Her father was an esteemed educator and jazz musician in the East St. Louis area and quickly introduced her to the music of the jazz greats. As she grew older she began singing jazz with a youth jazz ensemble located in Chicago. The group performed at many large venues including Millennium Park, The South Shore Jazz festival as well as the Iowa City Music Festival. She continued to sing throughout her middle school and high school years with The Sycamore High School Jazz Band and well as made several guest appearances with the Northern Illinois Jazz Ensemble and various combos throughout Chicago. Now a freshman at North Carolina Central University, she plans to continue singing with the various jazz groups located at the university, as well as making guest appearances with jazz ensembles around the area.
(Free Admission)

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Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra guest artist series:

Nov. 16. 8pm at the Sunrise Theatre in Southern Pines, NC

Marlene VerPlanck guest vocalist with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

A few years ago Marlene sang with the HOCJO for a full house at the Temple Theatre. She sang the fine arrangements that her late husband Billy wrote for her.
Marlene sings throughout the US and England and she is well-known in North Carolina for the collaborations she did with famous pianist and songwriter Loonis McGlohan, plus for the TV series she did with him called North Carolina is My Home.
Admission – $18

Feb. 15, 2013, at the Temple Theatre at 8pm and Feb. 16th at the Halle Cultural Arts Center at 7pm

Virginia Mayhew, guest saxophonist and composer with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Virginia has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987. In the course of her career, Virginia has worked with such renowned artists as Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Doc Cheatam, Joe Williams, Leon Parker, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Chico O’Farrill, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, and many others.
Admission – $18 at Temple
Admission – $10 at Halle Cultural Arts Center

June 16, 2013 at 7pm at the Scottie Stephensen Amphitheatre of the Raleigh Little Theatre

The 2nd annual Uncle Paul Montgomery Memorial Father’s Day concert with Kathy Montgomery Gelb, Chris Gelb and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra
Admission – $5

past events:

Concerts scheduled for 2011 – 2012:

Nov. 20: HOCJO plays at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham from 7:30pm – 10pm
Jan. 7: HOCJO with guest Vocalist and Narrator Pam Saulsby at the Halle Cultural Center in Apex
Feb. 4: HOCJO with guest Vocalist and Narrator Pam Saulsby at the Temple Theatre

Oct. 8th, 8pm at the Temple Theatre in Sanford – The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra featuring Grammy Award Winner and Latin Jazz Flutist, Dave Valentin in concert accompanied by guest percussionist, Ramon Ortiz and guest pianist, Antonio Ossario


Excerpt from an interview int the New York Times, “The jazz flutist Dave Valentin has toured the world as a headliner, playing with everyone from Tito Puente to McCoy Tyner, but he always returns to the Bronx, where he was born 59 years ago. Home is a modest one-story bachelor pad in Harding Park, a hidden waterfront stretch of winding streets, close neighbors — and the occasional crowing rooster — better known as Little Puerto Rico. He won a Grammy in 2002 with Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project, and this month he will release his latest album, “Pure Imagination,” in which he overdubs himself playing five flutes. Not surprisingly, Sundays usually include at least one practice session…….” June 5, 2011

Oct. 15th – HOCJO plays at 3pm at Sertoma Ampitheatre in Cary

Jan. 7 – HOCJO plays at Halle Cultural Center in Apex. The program will feature Big Band Music by Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington.

Jan. 8 – HOCJO plays at Temple Theatre. The program will feature big band music by Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington.

Winter: Singer/Songwriter competition

Mar 25, 2011 – 4th Annual Big Band Dance at Carolina Trace

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society, Incorporated is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote and increase public knowledge of jazz through educational actvities, including the encouragement and sponsorship of performances and instruction in the field of jazz in central North Carolina. (Photo by Mollie Tobias for Outreach NC)