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Jazz Maui 2017 features Fourth of July concerts and music clinics with drummer Lafrae Sci

By Staff | Jun 29, 2017

LaFrae Sci is an internationally sought composer, drummer and educator who teaches jazz at the Lincoln Center and is also a founding teaching member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in New York City. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAZZ MAUI.

WAILUKU – Jazz Maui, a program of the Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), will present live music on two stages as part of the Fourth of July Celebration in Lahaina on Tuesday, July 4. In the week leading up to the concerts, special guest artist and educator LaFrae Sci will conduct free music clinics for the public.

Jazz Maui is partnering with the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise to produce its annual Fourth of July Concert on Lahaina Public Library’s oceanside lawn (next to Pioneer Inn). Live music kicks off at 5 p.m. with the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra, comprised of Maui musicians, and percussionist Sci, who teaches jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

The entertainment continues at 6 p.m. with Darren Lee and the Burn’n Love Band and will conclude with a performance by the 50-member Maui Community Band at 7 p.m.

At the Outlets of Maui at 900 Front St. in Lahaina, concert music will begin at 4 p.m. with radio Deejay Lee Norris and his Jazz Metropolis mix. He will be followed by live performances by jazz guitarist Prem Brasso, the Jazz Maui All-star Band and Na Ali’i Big Band from King Kekaulike High School until 8 p.m.

Lahaina’s fireworks show will begin at 8 p.m. over the ocean and will be viewable from both concert locations.

While on Maui, special guest Sci, an internationally recognized composer, drummer and educator, will teach the following music clinics: Drum & Rhythm on Thursday, June 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Improv on Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani. These classes are free and open to the public. To register, call AECG President Bryant Neal at (808) 283-3576.

On Sunday, July 2, Jazz Maui’s monthly entertainment series at the Outlets of Maui will feature the music of jazz percussionist Peter DellaCroce and Friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Fourth of July concert series will conclude Jazz Maui’s 2017 season, which began in March. Jazz Maui 2017 is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Makana Aloha Foundation and WorldWide Music Ventures with support from African Americans on Maui.

For more information, call (808) 283-3576, see JazzMaui.org or get updates on Facebook @aecgJazzMaui and Twitter@JazzMauiaecg.