Meet the HJO Ambassadors of Belize!

While the core group of HJO does its thing in Central IL, HJO is proud to have a presence in the 2nd annual Belize International Jazz Festival from August 12th to August 21st. Our HJO Foundation consisting entirely of local volunteers helped to provide funds to send the following musicians to represent our sound at this event:

  • Dave Hoffman: Director, composer, trumpet and piano
  • Luciano Rosado: Trumpet, coordinator for the event
  • Nathan See: Alto/tenor sax
  • Randy Huberman: Baritone sax
  • Joseph Bell: Guitar
  • Michael Nellas: Bass
  • Jason Brannon: Drums

We wish these musicians well and are confident that they will make a strong mark at the event. We hope that next year we can raise enough funds to take the entire ensemble. Check out the official Pantagraph article for more insight on our mission.



Join us this Sunday for Sounds of the Connie Link Amphitheatre!

This Sunday, HJO will be jamming at the Connie Link Amphitheatre in Normal IL, August 14th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The forecast is looking good (fingers crossed)! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come join us this afternoon for an event hosted by The Normal IL Parks and Recreation.

Location: 611 S. Linden St. Normal, IL 61761 (map)

Visit here for more information: Normal Parks and Recreation – Concert Series

HJO @ Music Under the Stars

The Heartland Jazz Orchestra will be your entertainment for this coming Tuesday’s Music Under the Stars summer series at the Miller Park Bandstand. We will be performing from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm on July 12th. This concert is made free thanks to support from Calvert & Metzler Memorial Homes and the Illinois Arts Council, so come join us for an evening of classic and original jams!

We wish to thank the City of Bloomington in booking us for this event once again.

Location: 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701

HJO @ the River City Jazz Festival this Saturday!

Friends of HJO,

Join us this Saturday, June 11th from 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm as HJO showcases its many talented musicians at the 3rd annual River City Jazz Festival, cosponsored by the Central Illinois Jazz Society and the Peoria Park District. We will performing on the CEFCU Central Stage @ The Landing, located at 200 NE Water St, Peoria IL 61602. Admission from 2:30 pm until 6:00pm is $5.00. After 6:00 pm, it jumps up to $8.00, so come early!

Check out the list of performances for the afternoon/evening:

  • 3:00 pm -4:00 pm    – Travis Wesley Trio
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm    – David Hoffman and Friends
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm   – Preston Jackson and Friends
  • 7:30 pm- 8:30 pm     – Heartland Jazz Orchestra
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Dexter O’Neal and The Funkyard
    ** Performances by Peoria All Star Jazz Combo and Limestone HS Jazz Band as well!

New this year- Fine Arts Exhibition from talented local artists!

HJO thanks CIJS and the Peoria Park District for the invite to this wonderful event!

HJO @ Jazz UpFront, May 22nd!

HJO will be returning to Jazz UpFront next Sunday, May 22nd from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Jazz UpFront is located at 107 W. Front St., Bloomington IL.We extend an invitation to the fans of HJO as well as anyone that has an appreciation for really good music. It is your support that keeps home-town organizations like us alive and well 17 years and counting. With that, we extend our gratitude.

HJO once again thanks owner James Gaston for his continued support of jazz in Central IL!

HJO @ CIJS Tonight!

Friends of HJO,

We will be performing at the annual Central Illinois Jazz Society at the Landmark Recreation Center, 3225 N Dries Ln, Peoria, Illinois 61604. The House Band will perform from 6-7 pm. HJO will follow and continue until 8:30 pm. A special thanks to Dick Marsho for all of his work to keep jazz alive in Peoria. It’ll be a great time!

HJO Christmas Concert this Sunday!

Friends of HJO,

We will be closing our public concert season with one final performance at the Korean Church of Bloomington-Normal at 6:00 pm, the booking courtesy of our very own fantastic tenor saxophonist Jin Jo. This Christmas-themed concert is open to all, and a traditional meal will be served afterwards by members of the church at 7:30 pm. So in short:

  • Free concert with a home-town jazz group in a comfortable setting from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm!
  • Free food!
  • An opportunity to mingle with many local Central Illinois musicians and learn more about HJO afterwards!

You can follow the event from the church’s official Facebook and event sites. The church is located at 213 S. Grove St., Normal IL 61761. Please invite friends and family. A special thanks to Jin Jo and the Korean Church of Bloomington-Normal for hosting.