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Jazz Maui presents Jazz featuring the Ukulele & the Hawaiian Steel Guitar 8am Nov 26

"Jazz Featuring the Ukulele and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar," the second concert in The Jazz Maui Virtual Music Series featuring professional guest and local musicians, is being live streamed for free on AKAKU channel 55 (https://www.akaku.org/channel-55/), JazzMaui on Facebook (facebook.com/aecgjazzmaui,) and Jazz Maui on YouTube on Friday, November 26, 2021.

"Jazz featuring the Ukulele and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar," was recorded on October 16th at Seabury Hall. Performers include: The Benny Uyetake Band featuring Jazz and the Ukulele; the Joel Katz Band featuring Jazz on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar; and The Seabury Hall Ensemble under the direction of Kamalei Kawaa formerly of Na Wai Eha. Vocalist Tanama Colibri joins both Benny Uyetake and Joel Katz on select numbers.

Benny Uyetake is an accomplished Maui-based musician and educator. He has entertained on the island for more than 35 years having opened for Herb Alpert, Diana Ross, America, Big Vodoo Daddy, Boz Scags, and Wa. He has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Paula Fuga, Henry Kapono, Larry Coryell, Les McCann, Judy Collins, and many others. Benny began playing ukulele at the age of eight. Also, as a youth in Hilo he was mentored and inspired by George Naope and Dorothy Thompson founders of the Merrie Monarch Festival, and by Edith Kanakaole, Jesse Kalima, and Kenneth Makuakane. This "Na Hoku Hanohano" recipient performs regularly at Kimo's Restaurant in Lahaina.

Joel Katz has been a performing musician on Maui for 36 years. He is on the Music faculty of the University of Hawaii Maui College as instructor in guitar, ukulele, Hawaiian steel guitar, piano, and audio technology. He has released three CD projects about Hawaiian steel guitar: Hawaiian to Jazz, Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar, and A Beautiful Sound of Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Each CD was a finalist for Jazz or Instrumental Album of the Year in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards along with audio engineering. He is a featured 'master' in the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival. In addition to playing Hawaiian-style for the Old Lahaina Luau, Joel expands the typical Hawaiian steel guitar repertoire to Jazz and popular songs. Jazz songs include compositions of Charlie Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Fats Waller, Merideth Wilson, and Duke Ellington. The steel guitar is a perfect match for Jazz styles with its lush chords and singing melodic expression. Joel takes it to these places beautifully.

Kamalei Kawa'a of Waiehu, Maui, and leader of the Grammy-nominated and four-time Nā Hōkū award-winning group Nā Wai 'Ehā. Born and raised in Waiehu, Maui, to Lewellyn and Luana Kawa'a, he attended Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Maui through his formative years and graduated from Baldwin High School in 2014. Kamalei is fluent in the Hawaiian Language.

Singer, songwriter, author, and poet, Tanama Colibri is of Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage. Her multi-lingual and experimental style encompasses world, pop, spoken word, and soul which she expresses with authenticity and fervor.

Each concert in the Jazz Maui Virtual Music Series is accompanied by a workshop/clinic led by accomplished Hawaiian musicians/instructors demonstrating how these instruments are used in jazz music.

On December 17th, the third event in the series "Jazz and the Classics" exploring Jazz featuring classical instruments, will be live streamed. The performers for 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. Workshop details will be available on jazzmaui.org.

The Virtual Jazz Series is produced by Jazz Maui (jazzmaui.org), a branch of the 501c-3 nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group (www.aecg.org). This event series is partially sponsored by the Maui County Office of Economic Development technology in business program and supported by the Makana Aloha Foundation. For more information, visit jazzmaui.org.


Date: Friday, November 26th, 2021

Time: 8:00 am

Cost: FREE

Categories: Non-Profit Community Event, FREE, Cultural / Ethnic, Concerts / Music, Classes / Seminars / Lectures, Online / Zoom Event


Contact: Bryant Neal   Phone: (808) 283-3576

Email:   Website: jazzmaui.org

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