Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz burst onto the local music scene back in 1986 as a fundraiser for the Arts Council. The list of artists who have graced the Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz stage reads like a veritable “who’s who” in the jazz world. Artists like Shirley Horn, Ellis Marsalis, Freddie Cole, John Pizzarelli, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band would be headliners in any jazz club. Our audiences have welcomed a movie star (Molly Ringwald), waited for an answer to a marriage proposal, and joined a conga line throughout the ballroom. On February 10-11, 2023, the event returns to the tradition of presenting great jazz performances as a joint event by the Arts Council and Sandhills Community College.
The Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz weekend will begin on Friday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert by the Sandhills Community College Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Larry Arnold. The SCC Jazz Band is a traditional big band with 15+ volunteer musicians from Moore County and beyond. Since its beginnings, the group has had toes tapping and hands clapping.
On Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m., vocalist Clint Holmes will headline with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Gregg Gelb. Opening this concert will be the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble—one of only 15 groups in the US to compete in the 2022 Essential Ellington High School Jazz Competition in New York City.
Holmes is a consummate entertainer, writer, recording artist, and one of the country’s finest vocalists. His 40-year career has taken him from the top of the charts to an Emmy award for his own TV show...a Grammy nomination to headlining in Las Vegas.
Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz tickets to the Saturday concert go on sale December 8. Ticket will be $35-$69 each and can be purchased at the Arts Council (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., So. Pines), by calling 910-692-2787, or online at TicketMeSandhills.com. All concerts will be presented at SCC’s Owens Auditorium (3395 Airport Rd., Pinehurst).
NOTE: "Online" ticket sales for this show will end at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 10. You may purchase tickets at the venue prior to each concert on Feb. 10 and 11, if available.