LAHAINA - With headliners Marion Meadows and Hot Club of Hulaville - as well as "lots of great local talent," said Maui Jazz Society President Bill Burton - the second annual Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk will be held Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15.
The expanded 2012 event will be held in conjunction with Second Friday in Lahaina (see article on page 7).
Concerts at most venues will be free.
Burton noted that Meadows - a tenor saxophonist, soprano saxophonist, composer and smooth jazz recording artist - has topped the Jazz Billboard Charts.
He's also excited about Hot Club of Hulaville, the Oahu band that won the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for "Jazz Album of the Year" for "Django Would Go!"
Hot Club "do different jazz eras, like from the 1930s and '40s to present time, and have a great jazz violinist, Duane Padilla," Burton added.
On Friday, April 13, at the Pioneer Inn, Hot Club of Hulaville will play from 6 to 9 p.m. The cover is $10.
At Longhi's, Mike Buono, John Zangrando, Shiro Mori and Doug White will perform from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Kelly Covington & David Choy with Slam from 9 to 11 p.m.
At Hard Rock Cafe on Friday, Robbie Ray Jazz will play on the patio from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by the Latin Jazz Messengers from 8 to 11 p.m.
Friday's lineup also includes Bob Jones and the Drive from 8 to 10 p.m. at Captain Jacks, Benoit Jazz Works from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blue Lagoon, Willie K from 9 to 11 p.m. ($5 cover) at Kimo's, Keoki Ruiz & Friends at David Paul's Island Grill from 5 to 7 p.m. (along with art by Cecilia Bahena), and Phil Smith and The Gentlemen of Jazz from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by Brian Mansano from 7 to 8 p.m., in Campbell Park next to the Baldwin Home Museum and Wharf Cinema Center.
On Saturday, April 14, Hot Club of Hulaville will play at the Pioneer Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. ($10 cover).
At Longhi's, the lineup from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. includes Marion Meadows, Slam, and an after party with Fulton Tashombe's Maui All-Star Jazz Band. Admission is $25.
Also on Saturday, Soul Congress featuring Clay Mortensen will play from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, Ono Grimes will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. at Captain Jacks, Sal Godinez and Bob Harrison will play from 4 to 6 p.m. at Blue Lagoon, and the Sam Ahia Quartet will entertain from 8 to 11 p.m. at Kimo's.
On Sunday, April 15, the shows will be held in Banyan Tree Park. The R.E. Metoyer Blues, Rock & Soul Revue will play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the Sam Ahia Quartet from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. and Fulton Tashombe's Maui All-Star Jazz Band from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The event promises a "big variety of jazz from smooth jazz to present day," Burton said.
"Lots of great local talent, and please support live music!"
The Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk will feature a silent auction, with net proceeds going to the Maui Jazz Society Scholarship Fund.
For information, contact Burton at 661-0202.