The Jazz Maui virtual music series featuring professional guests and local musicians streams live for free on Akaku Channel 55 (https://www.akaku.org/channel-55/), JazzMaui on Facebook (facebook.com/aecgjazzmaui ) and Jazz Maui on YouTube starting Friday, October 22.
The series includes three themed concerts recorded in front of a live audience and then edited for broadcast live. Each segment also includes a workshop / clinic on the thematic instrument.
The streaming schedule is: Oct 22 – “Jazz Blues and Beyond II” featuring the Katie Thiroux trio; November 26 – Jazz featuring Ukulele and Hawaiian Steel Guitar; and December 17 – Jazz featuring classical instruments.
“We are delighted to be able to share these musical experiences with a wider audience”, said Bryant Neal, executive director of Jazz Maui. “Due to the Covid pandemic, live performance venues have been limited. By streaming and connecting live on various platforms, more people can enjoy these wonderful concerts and classes. “
The first event in the series is “Jazz, Blues and Beyond II.” The Katie Thiroux trio featuring Quincy Jones’ protégé Justin Kauflin will air live on October 22 on various platforms. This concert features world-class musicians playing “straight ahead” jazz, attracting the traditional jazz enthusiast. This show was recorded live at the Maui Preparatory Academy on July 3, 2021. The star-studded lineup includes internationally renowned bassist and singer Katie Thiroux, pianist Justin Kauflin, drummer Matt Witek, Paul Marchetti, Marcus Johnson and vocalists Tanama Colibri and Sarah Black with other special guests. The education component includes a workshop held on June 23, 2021 at King Kekaulike High School that allowed young musicians of all levels to study with professional music teachers.
The second event in the series, “Jazz featuring ukulele and steel Hawaiian guitar”, was recorded on October 16 at Seabury Hall. Each segment of this show is led by an accomplished Hawaiian musician / instructor demonstrating how these instruments are used in jazz music. Performers include the Joel Katz Band with Jazz on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar; The Benny Uyetake Band with Jazz and Ukulele; and The Seabury Hall Ensemble conducted by Kamalei Kawaa, formerly Na Wai Eha. Singer Tanama Colibri joins Uyetake and Katz on some numbers. Details of the workshop will be posted on Jazzmaui.org. This event will be broadcast live on November 26, 2021.
Scheduled for a live broadcast on December 17, the third event, “Jazz and the classics”, explore jazz with classical instruments. The performers of this concert are the Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (MYPO) under the direction of Iolani Yamashiro, the Maui Flute Choir under the direction of Peggy Schecter and the Phil Smith Trio.
Details of the workshop will be available on Jazzmaui.org.