Monitors Bring ‘50 Years of Jazz’ to N.C. History Center

Concert will be held in Cullman Performance Hall on Friday, June 27 

NEW BERN, NC – June 27, 2014
Tryon Palace and the Jazz Preservation Society, in collaboration with the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, invite all to experience “50 Years of Legendary Jazz” with the Monitors. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27 in Cullman Performance Hall, located at the North Carolina History Center in downtown New Bern.
The Monitors, founded in the 1950s by Cleveland Flowe and Bill Myers, was organized to make available to the public a band that could play all kinds of music for any occasion. Since Flowe moved away, Meyers is the only remaining member of the original group. The current group is comprised of: Myers (leader), Dale Bryce, Gerald “Bishop” Hunter, Mollie Hunter, Robert “Dick” Knight, Sam “The Man” Lathan, Clark Mills Jr., Leanard Palmer, Elvis Townsen, and Donald Tuckson.
This outstanding musical ensemble has played at concerts, cabarets and street festivals, and performed opening concerts for stars such as Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, as well as being the back-up band for celebrity artists such as Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams, Joyce Thorne, Connie Harvey, Maceo Parker and Milton Bullock. The Monitors were the featured guests with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, and they recently completed a tour in North and South Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Myers, Hunter, Knight and Lathan are also featured on the African American Music Trail.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Bank of the Arts, located at 317 Middle St., in downtown New Bern.

For more information about events at Tryon Palace, call 252-639-3500 or visit 

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Craig Ramey
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Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit