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Accomplished bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux coordinates Jazz in the Schools workshops held at King Kekaulike High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Kamehameha Schools and Seabury Hall.

This month, Jazz Maui presents The 2022 Maui Music Series “Tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month”, featuring distinguished jazz professionals participating in an exciting program of themed concerts spanning Latin Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz and Straight Ahead Jazz.

Concerts and clinics are planned at various venues on Maui. Visit www.jazzmaui.org for more information and a full schedule of events.

The Jazz Appreciation Concert with Latin Jazz by Lat. 21° N and Jazz Fusion by Cosmic Groove, with a special tribute to Roscoe Wright, is scheduled for Friday, April 22.

Pianist and singer Sal Godinez conducts Lat. 21°N accompanied by fellow Mauians Danny B (bass), Estaire Godinez (percussion) and John Zangrando (woodwind) in the demonstration of the Latin Jazz genre.

Sal has performed with some of Hawaii’s most popular artists including Benoit Jazz Works, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom, Willie K and Melveen Leed, and has toured throughout the continental United States playing with various bands.

Originally from California, he has been a professional musician since the age of 15. Her first interest was classical music, but in college her horizons expanded to jazz, funk, salsa, Brazilian and indigenous genres.

Prem Brosio and Cosmic Groove play in the Jazz Fusion style. Prem is a professional guitarist and music teacher from Maui. He studied jazz guitar in Switzerland and earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, he is the group director at Kamehameha Middle School.

Cosmic Grove features Paul Marchetti on drums, John Zangrando on woodwinds, John Toda on bass and Mark Johnstone on piano.

“Roscoe Wright was a respected and admired jazz drummer in Maui who recently passed away”, said Bryant Neal, executive director of Jazz Maui.

“Many attendees of the 2022 Maui Music Series have performed with Roscoe and wanted to honor him during Jazz Appreciation Month.”

The pre-show with music from Tanama Calibri and Friends begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Altitude Deck at 650 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei, an open-air rooftop venue with a spectacular sunset and panoramic views. The seats are limited. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.jazzmaui.org.

Dishes from The Empanada Lady restaurant, including chicken, beef or vegan empanadas and mini Cuban sandwiches, will be available for purchase.

Audience members may bring their own beverage (beer and wine only) for a $10 corkage fee.

For tickets and more information, visit www.jazzmaui.org, text (808) 283-3576, or email [email protected]