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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!

Jazz N Soul Music presents Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield: Lovers Lounge live in Durham, Saturday February 11th at 8:00pm, live at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham NC!

Tickets available now @ https://aftontickets.com/adrianindurham

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with exciting evening of Jazz and Funky Soul with Adrian Crutchfield, ONE NIGHT; ONE SHOW ONLY!

Adrian Crutchfield Hayti Heritage Center/St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. #jazznsoulmusic #durham #durhamevents #SmoothJazz #raleighnc #jazz


NC Jazz Ensemble Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 18, 2019
Doors open at 3:00 PM and the concert starts at 4:00 PM


NCJE Is BACK and ready to Get into the holiday spirit with signature big band sounds, featuring vocalist Denise Barnes.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Hayti Heritage Center.


The North Carolina Jazz Ensemble (NCJE) was organized in 1980 by Oliver Hodge and Stanley Baird and has been active ever since. The group, originally named the Triangle Big Band, was re-named when it began performing for the North Carolina Arts Council. The Ensemble has presented educational programs for schools around the State and performed at festivals, parks and other outdoor events. This talented band of artists and educators continues performing for private groups and organizations from balls to inaugurations, presenting a diverse repertoire of music for nearly every occasion. The NCJE’s annual holiday concert at Hayti has become a favorite, bringing joy and the holiday spirit to all who attend.

Experience a performance of God’s Trombones, a multimedia work featuring songs, sermons, and the art of Aaron Douglas. This production by OnQ Productions (Charlotte, NC) uses the text of James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 work God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, digital projections of Aaron Douglas’s original illustrations for the Johnson work (currently on view at the Ackland), and a variety of gospel songs and spirituals arranged by Billboard History Maker, Dennis Reed Jr of Dennis Reed & GAP.

Two ticketed performances will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural arts and arts education venue housed in the historic St. Joseph’s AME Church in Durham.

Cohosted by the Ackland Art Museum and the Hayti Heritage Center

It is summer. Two emcee poets leave home to meet and prepare for their show that night. As they navigate through the city, they witness rising tensions and frustrations at every corner. Families are struggling, the youth are anxious and blackness is being manipulated. When news of a life lost hits, the two artists know they have to do something before the community explodes. Can they use their show as a way to provide healing and direction to those who feel pushed to the edge and overlooked?

Told through a combination of verse, drama, and imagery, Death of Cochise takes audiences on a journey through identity, culture, struggle, responsibility and accountability. This multi-media production stars award winning poets and performing artists Dasan Ahanu and Bluz. Led by these two dynamic artists, this Hip Hop and Spoken Word production uses the art of emceeing, cinematography, and compelling storytelling to talk about Black life and the value of Black creative expression.

Death of Cochise was created by Dasan Ahanu and is directed by Quentin Talley. It was commissioned and is being presented by the Hayti Heritage Center and the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. This production was made possible with support provided by the National Performance Network (NPN).


Death of Cochise, Bluz & Dasan Ahanu



Diggin’ History: Jazz & Poetry Month Edition

with Aya Shabu, Conductor of Whistle Stop Tours

Diggin’ History is an interactive gamified Hayti history dig where participants uncover hidden stories about the people, places, and forces that shaped the neighborhood we see today. In this LIVE & IN PERSON version, history clues will be shared via our facilictor, Meli. Individuals work together in teams to solve missions, interpret history, create memories, and win points. Join as an individual or family-member team. Everyone wins by learning and building the community.

Required devices:

  1. Mobile device– tablet, iphone, android, or iPad 

How to join:

  • All players sign up on Eventbrite 
  • Next, players download the Goosechase app on a phone or other mobile device
  • Open the app and choose to play as a GUEST
  • Join your assigned team (family teams welcome)
  • Start playing!

What will happen during the session:

Introductions & Game Rules

75-min Game Play

Team Acknowledgments & Awards

Durham Local History Q&A



Our Black American Music Series is Back! In Season 2, we continue the tradition of celebrating our music with a tribute to jazz vocalist legend, Betty Carter.



Our Black American Music Series is Back!

In Season 2, we continue the tradition of celebrating our music

with a tribute to jazz legend, Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Featuring Sam King

About Charlie Parker:

For more info visit – https://charlieparkermusic.com/



Our Black American Music Series is Back with Season 2!

We continue the tradition of celebrating our music with a tribute to funk/r&b/soul legend, Chaka Khan.

Featuring Anesia Renee


For more info visit – https://chakakhan.com/


This New Series Explores classic literature that reflects the Black Experience in America. In our first year, we start with Classics in the American Canon. Every 4th Thursday of the month, we will discuss the themes that occur in each classic , supported by facilitators and highlighted with discussions, readings, and performances from each work.

Up Next!

1619 by Nicole Hannah-Jones

Thursday, Nov. 17th @ 7pm

(virtual only)

We are working in partnership with Durham County Library! Find your favorite selection @ Your local Library!

Items will be either (or all) of the following:

Book (regular old paper-page books)

Ebooks (to download and read on a kindle, phone, computer, etc)

Audiobooks (download the book and listen through your device)

CD (audio books on CD that you can listen to in your car, etc)

Go to @ Durham Library & let’s get Lit!

Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde – Sept. 22nd

Beloved by Toni Morrison – Oct. 27th

Book | Ebook | Audiobook (downloadable & CD)

1619 Project – Nov. 17th

Book | Ebook | Audiobook (downloadable)

A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories by Bettye Collier Thomas- Dec. 15th

Book | Ebook

Past Books

Devil in A Blue Dress by Walter Moseley – Jan. 27th

Book | Ebook

All About Love by Bell Hooks – Feb. 24th

Book | Ebook

Color Purple by Alice Walker – March 24th

Book | Ebook | Audiobook (downloadable & CD)

For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange- April 28th


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin- May 26th

Book | Ebook | Audiobook (downloadable & CD)

Blues People by Amiri Baraka – June 23rd

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah- July 28th

Book | Ebook

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler- Aug. 25th

Book | Ebook | Audiobook (downloadable)

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