Guest Artists and their bands have played a central role in the Heart of Carolina Society’s role as jazz educator and promotor. Over the years, the Society has invited the following artists to the Temple Theatre in Sanford, NC to share the stage with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and to perform from their original music and classic jazz repertoires.cecile-poster--smaller

Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan

Byron Stripling

Byron Stripling

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Bud Shank, one of the greatest of all time played with us in 2008

Bud Shank, one of the greatest of all time played with us in 2008

 

Paul Jeffrey and Valery Ponamarev

Paul Jeffrey and Valery Ponamarev

Harry Watters

Harry Watters

 

Joe Chambers

Joe Chambers

 

And many other fine guest artists of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Society have been:

Alvin Atkinson, drumsCecile McLorin Salvant, vocal Willie Atkinson, vocals
Steve Anderson, piano Wayne Batchelor, bass
Beverly Botsford, percussion Jerry Bowers, trumpet
John Brown, bass Ron Brendle, bass
Gary Brunotte, piano TK Blue, saxophone & flute
Herman Burney, bass Ray Codrington, trumpet
John Brown, bass Jim Crew, piano
Eve Cornelious, vocals (bio) Steve Davidowski, piano
Chip Crawford, piano Rick Dilling, drums
Lois Dawson, vocals Vince Evans, piano
Judd Franklin, guitar Bill Fritz, baritone saxophone
Kathy Gelb, vocals Don Gladstone, bass
Steve Haines, bass John Hanks, drums
Melva Houston, vocals Mike Howell, bass
Greg Hyslop, guitar Paul Ingbretsen, bass
Marlene VerPlanck, vocalist Nnenna Freelon, vocals
Ramon Kenan, trumpet Matt Kendrick, bass
Jim Ketch, trumpet Drew Lile, guitar
Jay Lineberry, trumpet Rene Marie, vocals
Rodney Marsh, alto/tenor sax Jon Metzger, vibraphone
Takana Miyamoto, piano Chris Murrell, vocals
Ed Paolantonio, piano Abdullah Rachman, drums
Fred Wesley, trombone Bud Shank, alto sax
Ken Rhodes, piano Rick Simerly, trombone
Tom Smith, trombone Paul Tardiff, piano
Thomas Taylor, drums Will Terrel, drums
Butch Thompson, piano Scott Warner, piano
Sonny Fortune, sax & flute Craig Whittaker, alto saxophone
Ira Wiggins, tenor saxophone John Salmon, piano
Todd Wright, saxophone (bolded artists have been featured