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Legends to perform at Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

By Staff | Sep 6, 2012

Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Louis Hayes will perform at the second annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival.

WAILEA – Enjoy a shining star in Maui’s music constellation this month with legendary performances, exquisite cuisine, art and culture.

The Grand Wailea in partnership with HawaiiONTV.com Networks, Jazz Alley TV and Maui Festival Hawaii have announced the second annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16.

Throughout the festival, patrons will be treated to performances by jazz and blues legends, Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano winners.

“Last year, our Maui Jazz & Blues Festival was a sold-out, magical event that people are still talking about,” said founder Ken Martinez Burgmaier.

The main event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on the oceanfront Molokini Gardens stage at The Grand Wailea. (For a full schedule of events, visit www.mauijazzandbluesfestival.com.)

The event will feature legendary multi-Grammy and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Louis Hayes, a jazz drummer who has performed with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Atterley and many other greats.

Another multi-Grammy winner, blues guitar legend Joe Louis Walker, will perform, as well as Grammy-nominated saxophone master Javon Jackson, revered Grammy-winning trumpet master Skip Martin of Kool and the Gang and Grammy winner saxophonist Eric Mariethal.

Also performing will be the lead guitarist of New Orleans’ Radiators band, Camile Baudoin, who was recently inducted to the Louisiana Hall of Fame; zydecko accordion master Cory Ledet from Louisiana; and Grammy-winning slack key guitarist John Keawe, who will perform his new jazz slack key style called “slazz.”

The festival will also feature jazz guitarist Benny Uyetake and the Kalama Intermediate School Ukulele Jazz Cats, Zenshin Daiko Taiko Drummers, and Hawaii’s own master singer, composer and Na Hoku Hanohano winner Brother Noland, who will perform Led Belly-style blues on guitar.

“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 performing for the Maui community and resort guests,” said Burgmaier.

“Music and the arts are vital to every community, and we are humbled to have such an extraordinary opportunity to bring such a historic jazz and blues festival back to Maui for all to enjoy.”

Advance tickets are $50 if purchased by Friday, Sept. 7. Tickets will be $60 at the door. A VIP front-row table for ten is available for $1,000.

The Grand Wailea is offering a special accommodations package for Hawaii residents, with rates starting at $220 per night per night. For more information, call 875-1234 and ask for the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival Package.

Festival tickets are available at The Grand Wailea (875-1234), Whole Foods Market Maui in Kahului, Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods in Kihei, at the festival or online at www.MauiJazzandBluesFestival.com.

Festival food stations will be catered by The Grand Wailea. No outside food, coolers or chairs will be allowed.