As plans for the 2015 Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz event are being finalized, here is a brief history of this wonderful benefit event:
This year, Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz will celebrate 30 years of great jazz performed by world-class musicians and enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences from all over the country! Since its beginning, the annual fundraiser has raised over $300,000 for the Arts Council of Moore County. The jazz event is made possible by generous sponsors, such as Pinehurst Resort, Duke Energy, American Airlines, King Fisher Society, BB&T, and Wells Fargo.
Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz was the brainchild of Mal and Marge Owings when it burst onto the local music scene in 1986 as a fundraiser for the newly renovated Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines, which was owned by the Arts Council. The performers for the first six years of this event were Loonis McGlohon Trio with vocalist Maxine Sullivan (1986), Loonis McGlohon Trio with vocalist Marlene Van Planck (1987), Salty Dogs (1988), Buck Creek Jazz Band (1989 & 1990), and Buck Creek Jazz Band with pianist Ed Metz (1991).
In 1989, Jan and the late Ed Schnell were asked to chair the event, and from then on the rest is history. Because of their hard work, dedication, and passion for jazz, Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz remains one of the most special nights in the Sandhills.
In 1992, Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz outgrew the small theater and moved to Pinehurst Resort’s elegant Carolina hotel, as a presentation of the Arts Council and Pinehurst Resort. This move proved to be a match made in jazz heaven as seen in the caliber of the performers to follow:
1992 – Shirley Horn Trio and Greg Gelb Swing Band
1993 – Loonis McGlohon Trio with Carrie Smith (vocal) and Buck Creek Jazz Band with Ed Metz (piano)
1994 – Loonis McGlohon Trio with Mike Campbell (vocal) and Gene Bertoncini (guitar)
1995 – Marian McPartland Trio, Loonis McGlohon Trio, Carrie Smith Trio, and Buck Creek Jazz Band
1996 – Johnny Frigo (violin), Michael Moore (bass) and Dorothy Donegan Trio
1997 – Diane Schurr Trio and Dorothy Donegan Trio
1998 – Karrin Allyson (vocal & piano) and Buck Creek Jazz Band
1999 – Ellis Marsalis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraharp), Karrin Allyson (vocal & piano)
2000 – Toots Thielmans (harmonica), Corky Hale (vocal, piano, & harp), and Art Van Damme Quintet
2001 – Karrin Allyson (vocal & piano), Harry Allen (sax), and Randy Sandke (trumpet)
2002 – Nicholas Payton Quintet and The Lars Edegran New Orleans Music Show
2003 – Herbie Mann (flute), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Kenny Werner, (piano), and Monty Alexander Trio
2005 – Monty Alexander Trio, Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet, Buck Creek Jazz Band, and The Lars Edegran New Orleans Music Show
2006 – Troy Davis & the New Orleans Jazz Messengers with vocalists Juanita Brooks and Phillip Manuel
2007 – Freddie Cole Quartet and Tierney Sutton Band
2008 – Butch Thompson’s Big Four and Sophie Milman (vocal)
2009 – John Pizzarelli Trio with Jessica Molaskey and Marcus Belgrave’s Jazz Experience
2010 – Tierney Sutton Band and Harry Allen (sax), Joe Locke (vibes), Duduka Da Fonseca (drums), Nilson Matta (bass), Helio Alves (piano) & Maucha Adnet (vocal)
2011 – Original Dixieland Jazz Band & Simone
2012 – Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick, and Brian Newman Quartet
2013 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2014 – Colleen McHugh (vocals)
Check back often to discover the wonderful artists we’ll be bringing to Pinehurst next!
ARTIST/AGENT INQUIRIES: We are happy to accept press kit for artists wishing to perform at Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz. Please send press materials and contact information to the Arts Council at P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388 or via email. No phone calls, please. We will not respond to every submission. We will contact you if we are interested in booking you or your artist. Thank you for your interest in Heart ‘n Soul of Jazz.