Legends of the Lowcountry presents a Musical Tribute to Johnny Mercer
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head
Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance will present the Legends of the Lowcountry
event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Westin Hilton head Island Resort and Spa in Port
Royal Plantation, Hilton Head Island.
Legends of the Lowcountry will include a tribute to the life and music of Johnny Mercer with
performances by the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and the Vocal Jazz Project. The night will begin
with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as patrons enjoy the sweet sounds of the Hilton Head
Island Barbershoppers, a local favorite.
At 7 p.m. the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island will induct the first Hilton Head Island Hall of
Fame honorees recognizing visionary people of the past and present who have had a lasting and
extraordinary impact on the community.
President of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, Mike Jukofsky, says the event embodies the
Legends of the Lowcountry theme because it not only pays homage to the great lyricist and
Savannah, Ga. native Johnny Mercer, but also to the local Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame
“The Hall of Fame honorees have made a lasting impression within our community,” Jukofsky
says, “and Johnny Mercer’s famous sound came from his Southern roots.”
Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than 1,700 songs from the 1930s to the 1970s. He co-founded
Capitol Records in 1942 and was nominated for 19 Academy Awards in his lifetime for his
memorable songs such as “Moon River” and “That Old Black Magic.”
Hilton Head Island Rotary Club member and one of the concert’s featured vocalist, Terry Herron
says, “Johnny’s stuff was everywhere” from the movies to Broadway and on the radio for the
“He had a profound effect on American life,” Herron says.
Once the concert begins, the stage will be set for a fun and lively Mercer tribute by the Savannah
Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Teddy Adams and Randall Reese. The SJO has been in
existence for more than 20 years and has accompanied prominent jazz artists including Clark
Terry, Anita O’Day, Dianne Schuur, Cab Calloway and Benny Golson. The orchestra will be
accompanied by featured vocalists Priscilla Williams, Beaufort native and Herron.
Also performing during the concert is the Vocal Jazz Project, a group of 10 vocalists from Hilton
Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort. The group will delight audiences with songs from the Great
American Songbook, which includes some of America’s most memorable tunes from the 1920s
to 1960s performed in the distinct styles of Manhattan Transfer, the New York Voices and the
Legends of the Lowcountry will benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County, Hilton Head
Regional Habitat for Humanity, Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame, Hilton Head Island Recreation
Association, Driving Young America, The Sandbox and other Rotary charities.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at each of the benefiting charitable
organizations, also BNC Bank locations: 1000 William Hilton Parkway F-4, The Village
at Wexford or 430 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 501 Pineland Station. You may also
purchase online at www.cf-lowcountry.org, www.hiltonheadislandhalloffame.com,
www.hhiconcours.com/events, and www.hiltonheadrotary.org or from a Hilton Head
Barbershopper, by visiting www.hhibarbershoppers.org or calling (843) 390-9517.
Ticketholders will receive an additional 10 percent off Motoring Festival daily tickets with promo code. For
more information or to purchase tickets contact Linda Neff at the Rotary Club of Hilton Head
Island at (843) 686-4100 or HHRotary@sc.twcbc.com.