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Legends to perform in Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

By Staff | Sep 15, 2011

Les McCann has been an influential American soul jazz piano player since the 1960s.

WAILEA — The alluring sounds of jazz and blues will sweep the island — from the beaches of Wailea to Upcountry Maui — during the first annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival on Sept. 23-24.

The new event is presented by the Grand Wailea-A Waldorf Astoria Resort in partnership with HawaiiONTV.com Networks, Jazz Alley TV and MauiFEST Hawaii.

Throughout the week-long event, guests will be treated to performances by jazz and blues Legends, and Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners.

The music lineup includes Les McCann, Javon Jackson, DelFeayo Marsalis, Tom Scott, Skip Martin, Brian Stoltz, Brother Noland Blues, David Choy & SLAM, Henry Allen, Brittni Paiva, Benny Uyetake and the Kalama Intermediate School Ukulele Jazz Cats, and Zenshin Daiko Taiko Drummers.

“Following the success of our nine years of music and cultural festivals in Hana, Molokai and Lanai, Jazz Alley TV and HawaiiONTV.com is honored to host another music festival with such revered artists gracing our stage to perform for the Maui community and resort guests,” said Ken Martinez Burgmaier, Maui filmmaker and CEO of Jazz Alley TV and HawaiiONTV.com Networks.

“We understand the importance of the arts and are privileged to be able to assist with bringing a historical Jazz & Blues Festival to Hawaii for all to enjoy.” “This is going to be one of the premiere jazz and blues festivals of the Pacific, if not the world. I am honored to be part of this historic festival,” said jazz saxophonist Tom Scott, a three-time Grammy winner.

The music begins on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Wailea at Mulligan’s on the Blue with David Choy and SLAM. Admission is free.

Choy and SLAM will also play at the free Jazz Supper Club Party at Stella Blues in Kihei on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.

At Cuatro Restaurant in Kihei on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., enjoy dinner jazz guitar with Benny Uyetake.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Stella Blues, Choy, SLAM and special Maui Jazz & Blues Festival artists will perform.

At the Grand Wailea Resort from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, festival artists will perform at a VIP dinner. Grand Wailea chefs will create jazz dinner specials at this limited seating event.

At Wailea’s Sweet Paradise Chocolate on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy live “piano chocolate jazz” with Sal Godinez. Admission is free.

Then, from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Grand Wailea Resort, the first annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival is slated at the beautiful oceanfront stage in the Molokini Gardens. It will be a historic day for Maui Nui with some of the world’s finest jazz and blues artists.

The festival will conclude on Sept. 25 with the Jazz Sunday Brunch with jazz guitar master Henry Allen at the Grand Wailea Resort from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit www.MauiJazzandBluesFestival.com.