North Carolina Jazz Ensemble 2018 Holiday Concert
The North Carolina Jazz Ensemble (NCJE) was organized in 1980 by Oliver Hodge and Stanley Baird and has operated continuously 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. etc. This talented group of artists and educators continue performing for private groups and organizations from balls to inaugurations and present 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.
Relax and enjoy the big band sounds of the saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm sections in the virtually acoustically flawless Performance Hall. Under the direction of Mozell Long and featuring vocalist Denise Barnes, don’t miss “Joyful Jazz” with the North Carolina Jazz Ensemble, presented by the Hayti Heritage Center.
Vocalist Denise Barnes is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She began her love affair with singing at the age of five. Often using her grandmother’s front porch as her stage, she would fill the air with her favorite tunes, stopping passersby as they became her audience. Since that time her musical love affair has continued. She is a multi-faceted entertainer, combining dance, vocal and dramatic presentation. Her style and charisma captivate audiences while satisfying their desire for a quality vocal performance.
Denise has performed on numerous stages throughout the East Coast and the Caribbean Islands.