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AECG presents Jazz Maui on Fridays at Kahana Grill

By Staff | Mar 21, 2013

Shiro Mori’s artistic and creative home is Maui, where he keeps busy playing guitar and piano.

KAHANA – Arts Education for Children Group presents Jazz Maui featuring vocalist Ellen Bellerose and pianist Shiro Mori every Friday at Kahana Grill from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“We are so grateful to have a venue to present jazz, one of the truly American music art forms,” said Bryant Neal, executive director of Arts Education for Children Group (AECG).

“We are also pleased to present two great performers.”

Bellerose began studying jazz at 14 and started singing professionally at age 16. She performed as a vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, then conducted by the great clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, touring the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.

She played lounges and nightclubs with jazz trios, quartets and orchestras on the Mainland and in Honolulu before moving to Maui in 1984.

She continues to pursue her lifelong passion of jazz singing in her weekly appearances at Kahana Grill with Mori.

Born and raised in Japan, Mori brings a unique and original flavor into his musical expression.

Honing his skills on the New York jazz scene, he has developed his own personal style as a performer, composer and arranger.

Award-winning Chef Alex Stanislaw heads the kitchen staff at Kahana Grill located in the former Roy’s Restaurant in the Kahana Gateway Center at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway.

There is no cover charge for Jazz Maui. Pupus are reasonably priced, and cocktails are offered at happy hour prices.

For menus and more information, visit www.kahanagrill.com or call 669-4000.

Arts Education for Children Group (www.aecg.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 1996, is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment.

Jazz Maui is supported by the county Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For more information, call Neal at 283-3576.