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Enjoy jazz at the Hyatt

By Staff | May 27, 2010

KAANAPALI — Maui jazz lovers rejoice!

On June 1, the 1 O’Clock Jazz Band from Montana State University will check into the Hyatt Regency Maui for a four-day stay to perform for the local Maui nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group.

The band will perform at the Hyatt June 1-4 with a daily jazz trio at Umalu from noon to 2 p.m., a Big Band Happy Hour every evening from 4 to 6 p.m. and a trio at dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly.

Halona Kai will feature jazz vocals from 5 to 7 p.m. and soft acoustic jazz in the evenings. Son’z will host a Swing Big Band on Thursday, June 3, from 9 to 11 p.m., and the final night will be a Pool Party Big Band Rhythm and Blues show from 6 to 10 p.m.

The 1 O’Clock Jazz Band will tip off their stay at the Hyatt with a benefit concert featuring the 17-piece Big Band in a benefit concert for Arts Education for Children Group. This event will feature gourmet appetizers and sushi selections utilizing fresh local ingredients provided by Chef Casey Piquet, along with beverages provided by Kona Red Coffee Fruit.

Also featured will be a real live game show — “The Family Feud” — with Gameshow Fanatics, and local nonprofit and art exhibitions to create a unique forum for discussion of music and arts education, as well as an introduction of “Guitars in the Classroom” coming in October.

Tickets for this benefit event are $100, all inclusive — entertainment, food and drink. Discounts are being offered for large parties for this noble cause. Donations are being gathered for the silent auction. To donate art, gift certificates or services, contact Mary Bailey at 298-0905 or e-mail at ShootsShoots@gmail.com. All donations are tax-deductible and there are special benefits for sponsorship.

The MSU 1 O’Clock Jazz Lab Band is one of the premiere ensembles in the School of Music. The students in the band come from all disciplines, including science, art, music, business and English majors, and they have an extensive performance each year promoting and supporting jazz music education. The band members have received outstanding soloist awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators and awards and superior ratings at jazz festivals and competitions.

They have been directed since 2006 by Shuichi Komiyama, himself an Emmy Award-winning composer, and a former artistic director of Arts Education for Children Group on Maui.