Jazz legends to perform at ‘Holiday Swing’
WAILEA – Jazz Maui 2014 will present “Holiday Swing” – with the Big Band sounds of the Moonglow All-Stars featuring special guests vibraphonist Emil Richards and saxophonist Eric Schneider – on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
Selling for $40 per person or $350 for a table of ten, tickets are available at www.jazzmaui.org or by calling (808) 283-3576.
“We are thrilled to present two of the world’s most highly-regarded musicians,” said Bryant Neal, director of Jazz Maui.
“This is a rare opportunity for Maui’s residents and visitors to spend an evening with jazz legends such as Emil Richards and Eric Schnieder.”
Richards’ illustrious career began in the 1950s. Since then, he has played and/or recorded for many famous names in music, including Charles Mingues, Perry Como, Ray Charles, George Shearing, Paul Horn, Shorty Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, the Beach Boys, George Harrison, Frank Zappa and many, many more.
Tenor saxophonist Schneider is an institution in the Chicago jazz scene, having played topnotch jazz for 30 years. He gained recognition when he was a member of the Earl Hines Quartet from 1979-82 (also playing alto and clarinet), and he toured with the Count Basie Orchestra during 1982-83. He has performed with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine.
The 17-piece Moonglow All-Stars, under the direction of Lisa Owen, specialize in swing music of the 1940s and ’50s. The music is geared for ballroom dancing, and there is plenty of room to swing on the resort’s 900-foot dance floor. Vocalist Louise Lambert opens the show at 5 p.m., and the entire band will take the stage at 6 p.m.
In celebration of Jazz Maui, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is offering a prix fixe dinner before or after the show at the poolside restaurant DUO Steak and Seafood. The three-course menu for “Holiday Swing” attendees includes choice of appetizer (Baby Beet Salad or Crispy Tempura Short Ribs and Steamed Buns); entre (Flat Iron Steak or Seared Mahi Mahi); and dessert (Warm Ono Farm Banana Toffee Pudding or Tahitian Vanilla Crme Brulee). The price is $49. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the hotel’s concierge at 874-2201.
Jazz Maui is produced by the nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group (www.aecg.org) and supported by Sara Gadarian (mauisarajazz.com) and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
For more information, visit www.jazzmaui.org or call (808) 283-3576.