2010 festival was a rousing success!
The Hillsborough Arts Council presents the 2010
Hillsborough Jazz Festival
'Celebrating Billy Strayhorn'
The First Annual
Hillsborough Jazz Festival
took place outdoors at a very special venue...
It was a rousing sucess! thanks to all that helped to make this event memorable!
The Historic Moorefields estate is an idyllic homestead on 84 beautiful acres just a few miles from Hillsborough, NC.
The weather forecast calls for warm and sunny... still warm but a few clouds cooling off a bit from Friday's forecast...
Come and enjoy the scenic vistas & cool shaded gardens of beautiful Moorefields...
Don't miss this opportunity to bring your family and friends to enjoy world class Jazz in this very special venue.
General admission is just $15.00 at the door, with lawn seating. Parking is free. Festival attendees are asked not to bring recording devices, animals, tents, grills, coolers, or alcohol.
As per the Fire Marshall, This is a non- smoking event. Smoking will only be allowed in one designated smoking area. Thank you.
Questions Call 616-6431
The Hillsborough Jazz Festival
Historic Moorefields Estate
2201 Moorefields Road
Hillsborough, NC Easily accessible from all areas of the triangle:
* Just 3.4 miles from I-40 Hillsborough exit # 261
* Or 2.8 miles from I-85 Hillsborough exit # 164.
Map and Directions here
12:00-12:30 Ed Moon Trio
12:35-1:00 Sawyer-Goldberg Jazz
1:10- 1:45 Laura Ridgeway
2:00-2:45 Magic of African Rhythms
4:00-5:00 Lois Deloatch
5:00-6:00 John Brown Quintet
Lois Deloatch - read her bio here
"a distinctive and original voice offers us a soulful and spiritually uplifting tribute..."
John Brown - read his bio here
“Brown’s woody bass tones are resounding and full of soulful authority…brilliant bass solo…solidly swinging and full of deep feeling from start to finish.”
-Bill Milkowski in JazzTimes
Magic of African Rhythms - read their bio here
"Their professional drummers and dancers have performed nationally with notable groups such as the African American Dance Ensemble
and the Broadway version of 'The Lion King.”
General admission is just $10.00 in advance and 15.00 at the door, with lawn seating. Parking is free. Festival attendees are asked not to bring recording devices, animals, tents, grills, coolers, or alcohol. Online tickets will be available in August and advance tickets will be available to purchase at The Hillsborough Arts Council and The Sportsplex starting in August.
Grilled foods, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for sale. The aromas of the grill mixed with the sounds of jazz will create a memorable experience, and it's a way to help support the Hillsborough Arts Council and our cultural event programming. The Hillsborough Arts Council is a volunteer non-profit organization.
What to Bring:
This is a casual outdoor event! Bring comfortable shoes, a hat and/or sunscreen, a light portable low backed chair, cushion or blanket to relax on the lawn. (please be considerate of your friends behind you!) Festival attendees are asked not to bring recording devices, animals, tents, grills, coolers, or alcohol.
Jazz and You! workshop
We are very pleased to be able to offer a unique opportunity for the community to take part in a Jazz workshop the morning before the Jazz festival!
Based on the Jazz for Young People Curriculum developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center, the primary goals of this lecture-demonstration are to share, teach, and celebrate jazz music!
Recording artists Lois Deloatch (vocalist) and John Brown (bassist) will conduct a ninety (90) minute jazz workshop that enables participants (musicians, vocalists, and the community-at-large) to experience and better understand jazz and its musical predecessors, Blues and Spirituals.
This fun and interactive presentation is designed to engage people of all ages in the exploration of traditional and contemporary jazz.
Emphasizing the use of music as a means of communicating within and across cultures, the workshop will incorporate both improvised and composed music.
Details and registration information are available at the Jazz Workshop page.
About Billy Strayhorn...
This years theme is "celebrating Billy Strayhorn" to honor jazz legend, Billy Strayhorn. Strayhorn is best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington lasting nearly three decades. What is less well known is that he has family history in Hillsborough... Read more about Billy Strayhorn
Jazz Festival History:
For five years, beginning in 2004, the Cool Jazz Festival brought a diverse mix of music fans and artists together in Orange County.
The outdoor Jazz festival was sponsored by the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department.
By 2008, the successful event had over 5,000 attendees with internationally recognized, recording artist Nnenna Freelon heading the bill. Due to a decrease in funding for the budget of the Recreation Department, the festival did not take place in 2009.
Because of the important contribution the festival made to our community, the Hillsborough Arts Council is bringing this culturally significant event back to Orange County with a new name:
The Hillsborough Jazz Festival.
This years theme is "celebrating Billy Strayhorn" to honor jazz legend, Billy Strayhorn. Strayhorn is best known for his successful collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington lasting nearly three decades. What is less well known is that he has family history in Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough Jazz festival acknowledges the vision of James Hester, Geoff Hathaway and Time and Tide Productions in helping to make this festival possible.