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Maui Invitational Music Festival to present Jazz and Blues Fest

By Staff | Jun 30, 2011

The Moonglow All Stars Swing Band will perform at the Jazz and Blues concert on July 2 at the Iao Theater.

WAILUKU — The 2011 Maui Invitational Music Festival will present a Jazz and Blues Fest on July 1-2 in Wailuku.

On Friday, July 1, Teri Garrison and Friends will sing the blues at Main Street Bistro, 2051 Main St., from 3:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the Usual Suspects from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is no cover charge.

On Saturday, July 2, from 1 to 4 p.m., a Jazz and Blues Jam will take place at Wailuku Coffee Company, 26 N. Market Street. Admission is free.

The Jazz and Blues concert featuring the High Seas Dixieland Band, Moonglow All Stars Swing Band, Mana’o Radio Orchestra and Vince Esquire Band will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Iao Theater at 68 N. Market St. An admission donation is requested.

Garrison, a longtime resident of Maui, has a vibrant performing and recording career. She recently returned from a Midwest road tour opening for Willie Nelson and is releasing a new CD.

Her song, “the Eyes,” won an award this year at Nashville’s Embassy Music songwriter’s contest.

She will be joined by pianist Gilbert Emata, guitarist Benny Uyetake, bassist John Hughes and drummer Paul Marchetti.

The Usual Suspects, a popular local band, is led by percussionist Jimmy C and includes John Ness on guitar, Miguel Sobel on congas, John Hughes on bass guitar, Brad Canton on drums and Paul Bunuan on saxophone.

The Jazz and Blues Concert on July 2 will feature popular comedian, actress and radio personality Kathy Collins. This celebration of America’s original music art forms stars four bands.

The High Seas Dixieland Band specializes in traditional New Orleans-style jazz, playing toe-tapping songs such as “Do You Know What it Means,” “Bill Bailey,” “Shine” and “Bourbon St. Parade.”

The leader of the band is well-known tuba player Lisa Owen — also the leader of five other bands — who started this group in 1988. There are still three original members in the group: Jimmy Coulter on drums, Owen and Mickey Felipe on the banjo. The other two members are Jerry Eisenberg (clarinet) and John Zangrando (tenor sax). For this festival, the High Seas Dixieland Band will be joined by Steve Sargenti, an accomplished freelance musician.

The Moonglow All Stars Swing Band under the direction of Owen specializes in swing music from the 1940s and ’50s, but it also has some Latin, pop and rock in its repertoire.

The band features a full saxophone section (two altos, two tenors and one baritone), trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, drums and vocalist Ellen Bellerose.

The name reflects the many Maui stars who play regularly with the band; John Zangrando, Paul Marchetti, Bob Harrison, Ed Connors, Joel Goldfarb, Gordon Samuelson, Jerry Eisenberg and Siuai Lafou will all appear at this concert,

The Mana’o Radio Orchestra features Les Adam, Dorothy Betz, Vince Esquire, Josh Greenbaum, Bob Jones and Shawn Michael.

The all-star, all-styles, all-volunteer Mana’o Radio Orchestra consists entirely of Mana’o Radio on-air deejays, who are also professional musicians.

Jones combines the skills of guitarist, drummer, vocalist and songwriter. He played for many years with blues legend Michael Bloomfield. Dorothy Betz and Les Adam co-wrote much of the orchestra’s original material and contribute their excellent vocals to the mix, along with Adams’ killer keys. Together, the Mana’o Radio Orchestra is a dynamic, explosive band with an incredibly broad spectrum.

The Vince Esquire Band includes Shawn Michael and Josh Greenbaum. One of the most popular guitarists and ukulele players on the island, Esquire recently returned from a Mainland tour as the opening act for The Gregg Allman Band. He is also is the featured instrumentalist with Kanekoa, Maui’s premier Hawaiian contemporary band.

Esquire has been featured with, and opened for, such music luminaries as Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Little Feat and many more.

Drummer Greenbaum works with The Howard Ahia Band, Gina Martinelli and many others. He is also one of the most sought-after session drummers on the island.

For more information, call 283-3576 or visit www.aecg.org.