Jazz On Maui

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Jazz Maui 2041 All Star Concert

You really missed a great jazz concert if you didn’t go to the McCoy Studio on Friday, August 1. The show featured 71-year-old jazz trumpeter, the Russian born, Valery Ponomarev. The guy hit all the notes. He was quite the live-wire and jokester entertainer as well. It was only by his accent that you could tell that he wasn’t a born and raised American jazz artist. He was quite amazing. Pianist Tommy James, music director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, showed everyone how the jazz piano should be played. His fingers moved across the ivory like hummingbird wings. You could barely see them moving, just a blur. Honolulu vocalist Shari Lynn performed in the second set. She belted them out like Aretha and she had the stage presence too.

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Local musicians Mike Buono on drums, John Zangrando on sax, Danny M on bass rounded out the band.  Each one was a great talent. There wasn’t a weak link among the bunch. Danny M produced a sound I didn’t know was possible on a stand-up bass. He was truly terrific. Mike Buono’s career spans 45 years and he has performed with many greats such as Quincy Jones, Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick and George Benson to name a few.

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His solos were very impressive and he never broke a sweat or seemed to breathe even a little bit heavy. John Zangrando, on sax, endured an embarrassing happy birthday which included audience participation. He was red-faced and seemed to be caught quite off guard. Jazz Maui founder, Bryant Neal, helped organize a great show. The pre-concert entertainment was by Arts Education for Children Group( AECG) that provides opportunities for young, aspiring musicians and music students to improve their playing through workshops and jam sessions overseen by internationally known jazz educators and jazz musicians. These young people were quite impressive. Congratulations Bryant Neal, the show was fantastic!

Wailea on Wednesdays featuring Live Jazz Performance

Jazz at The Shops At Wailea

Now if you missed the August 1st Jazz Maui Concert and would like to enjoy listening to live Jazz this week, come to the Shops at Wailea tomorrow night, August 27 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Fountain Courtyard.  Enjoy free performance by King Kekaulikeʻs Na Aliʻi Big Band and Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra.

The night is further highlighted by art gallery receptions, artist appearances and one-night-only shop and restaurant specials from 6 p.m. to close. See you there! 

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