HJO awakens… Jazz Upfront this Sunday!

Friends of HJO,

After some time off, HJO will be returning to Jazz UpFront this Sunday, March 5th from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. A few very talented local musicians will be sitting in with us, including a student from Illinois State University. ISU students and alumni, come show your support for the arts!

Jazz UpFront is located at 107 W. Front St., Bloomington IL. HJO once again thanks owner James Gaston for his continued support of jazz in Central IL.

HJO@ Jazz UpFront – Big Band Sundays!

HJO will be returning to Jazz UpFront this Sunday, November 27h from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm as a part of Big Band Sundays (an hour ahead of the standard 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm start time). Jazz UpFront is located at 107 W. Front St., Bloomington IL. As you may have guessed, we are working on becoming a regular part of their entertainment lineup, performing at least once a month at their venue.

We extend an invitation to the fans of HJO as well as anyone that has an appreciation for really good music. Also, be sure to check us out one more time this year for our Christmas-themed concert at Jazz UpFront on December 18th. Look for the announcement later on.

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

David and Julia Hoffman Benefit & Concert this Sunday

Friends of HJO,

In support of our director David Hoffman and his wife Julia Hoffman, HJO will be performing at the David and Julia Hoffman Benefit and Concert this Sunday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Trailside Event Center. The location is 4416 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights IL 61616. This benefit is to aid both of these wonderful members of our community with mounting medical costs.

The event begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. a quality lineup of bands are scheduled to perform. More information regarding the benefit can be found at this link. We ask that attendees to the event would be kind enough to donate even if they do not plan to eat. A minimum $10 contribution is all that is asked. Even if you cannot attend, a GoFundMe site has been created for online giving. Any help would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds go directly to David and Julia.

We wish to thank Bill Duncan for extending an invitation to HJO to participate in this event.

HJO @ Jazz UpFront – Big Band Sundays

HJO will be returning to Jazz UpFront this Sunday, October 23rd from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm as a part of Big Band Sundays (an hour ahead of the standard 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm start time). 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!

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