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Jazz Maui 2015 to feature concerts, workshops

By Staff | Jun 25, 2015

Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill will perform and lead a workshop for advanced musicians during Jazz Maui 2015.

KAHULUI – Jazz Maui 2015 presents the Arturo O’Farrill Jazz Sextet featuring Jim Seeley in concert on Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

O’Farrill is a Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator. Son of the late Cuban bandleader and jazz legend Chico O’Farrill, Arturo played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Belafonte and others.

In 2002, he established the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and in 2014 won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. Arturo is internationally recognized as a leading music educator who has conducted workshops and seminars for thousands of students and musicians throughout the world to promote interest and appreciation for the unique music genre of Latin Jazz.

Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer and educator Seeley can be heard on countless recordings as a featured soloist with Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Chucho Valdez, Chico O’Farrill, Greg Allman and many others. As an original member of The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, he has toured and recorded extensively. As an educator, Seeley has conducted seminars and master classes all over the world.

The University of Texas at Arlington Sextet will open the show. Tickets are $35 or $45; visit www.mauiarts.org or call 242-SHOW.

The concert is part of a weeklong series of workshops and concerts presented by Jazz Maui.

On Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, a Jazz Camp with University of Texas at Arlington jazz faculty will be held at King Kekaulike High School from 4 to 6 p.m. both days. These beginner/intermediate level clinics are geared toward middle and high school jazz musicians. The first hour focus is on big band styles, rehearsal techniques and sight-reading. The second hour will cover solo techniques, including improvisation over basic chord progressions, scale studies and practice techniques. The cost is $50 for both days; assistance is available.

On Wednesday, July 1, more jazz clinics are slated at the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., U.T. Arlington jazz faculty will offer an Improv Clinic. This beginning/intermediate level clinic is geared toward middle and high school jazz musicians. The focus includes basic jazz styles, articulation and solo techniques, including improvisation over basic chord progressions, scale studies and practice techniques. The fee is $20.

From 1 to 2 p.m., Seeley will lead an advanced clinic for experienced musicians covering approaches to practice and advanced improvisation, including advanced chord progressions and substitutions, chord changes and re-harmonization. The fee is $20.

O’Farrill from 2 to 3 p.m. will offer an advanced clinic geared toward experienced musicians, composers, arrangers and educators. The focus includes composition, arranging, Latin rhythms, and Afro-Latin, Afro-Cuban and Pan-American styles and pedagogy. The fee is $20.

On Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., the Na Alii Big Band (King Kekaulike High School students) will perform in the McCoy Studio Theater courtyard prior to the Arturo O’Farrill Jazz Sextet’s concert at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 2, the student groups Na Alii and the Chop Suey Jazz Band will perform at the Shops at Wailea at 6:30 p.m. The students will also perform on July 3 at Whalers Village in Kaanapali at 7 p.m.

Also on July 3, a gala benefit concert will be held at a private residence in Kaanapali Hillside at 6:30 p.m. This intimate evening of acoustic jazz will feature music by O’Farrill, fine wines and heavy pupus. Space is limited to 50 guests; admission is $100 per person.

On Saturday, July 4, “Concert in the Park” will be held on Lahaina Public Library’s lawn leading up to the town’s fireworks show. University of Texas at Arlington faculty will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the Chop Suey Jazz Band at 6 p.m., Maui Community Band at 7 p.m. and the fireworks at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, July 5, the Mike Buono Quartet will perform in Whalers Village at 7 p.m.

Jazz Maui is presented by Arts Education for Children Group, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment.

It is supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Lahaina Sunrise Rotary Club, Makana Aloha Foundation, Nam and Mary Anne Le Viet, and the Story of Hawaii Museum.

For more information, or to register for workshops, visit jazzmaui.org or call (808) 283-3576.