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Kaanapali events part of seventh annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

By Staff | Sep 7, 2017

Chicago blues guitar master Jimmy D. Lane will play on Maui for the first time. The Blues Music Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer has performed with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, BB King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Stephen Stills, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Muddy Waters.

WAILEA – The seventh annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival will be held at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Friday, Sept. 8. Enjoy a very special, intimate evening of jazz and blues on the Ocean Front Lawn from 6 to 10 p.m.

“It’s definitely going to be another fun, historic and epic JazzFEST experience for all of us here on Maui. Having this caliber of world-class musicians, some having their debut appearance for Maui and Hawaii, is a must-see,” said Maui filmmaker and festival founder Ken Martinez Burgmaier.

“The festival’s award-winning musicians combined with spectacular fare created by our talented chefs will surely deliver a night to remember,” said resort General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel.

The 2017 lineup includes jazz legend, Jazz Hall of Famer and saxophone master Bobby Watson; Blues Music Award winner, Blues Hall of Fame inductee and Chicago blues guitar master Jimmy D. Lane; Hareed Haque, proclaimed the “Greatest World Music Guitarist” by Guitar Magazine, Grammy Award winner and guitarist who tours with Sting; Grammy winner, Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee and Cajun Zydeco accordian master Jo-el Sonnier; Grammy-nominated jazz saxophone master, Art Blakey Jazz Messenger, and Benny Golson Award winner Javon Jackson.

Five stations of gourmet cuisine will be created, along with beverages and a cash bar for spirits featuring Maui Brewing Company and Ocean Vodka.

Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and saxophone master Bobby Watson will perform at this year’s festival.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, a festival kickoff sneak peek with legendary artists will be held at Duke’s Beach House in Kaanapali from 4 to 6 p.m. Ocean Vodka and Maui Brewing Company will be featured spirits for additional costs.

Make reservations now by calling 662-2900. “Duke’s Beach House will be the actual debut of some of our JazzFEST artists to give a glimpse of what the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival will be on Friday night – and it’s free,” said Burgmaier.

Also on Sept. 7, a Sunset Jazzfest Dinner Party is slated at Hula Grill in Whalers Village from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring special festival artists along with the Jazz Alley TV Trio of Mark Johnstone on piano, Dave Graber on bass and Paul Marchetti on drums.

“We have been welcoming the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival every year here at Hula Grill, and the JazzFEST vibe is absolutely captivating with these music legends performing… you don’t want to miss it,” said General Manager Orrin Cross. Call 667-6636 for reservations.

The Hana Hou Jazzfest Encore Dinner will be held at Duo restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring the JazzFEST artists. Call 874-2201 for reservations. The resort will also host Benny Uyetake and Rock Hendricks at Ferraro’s from 6 to 9 p.m., and John Zangrando and Gene Argel & Friends in the Lobby Bar from 7 to 11 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visitwww.mauijazzandbluesfestival.com. For special JazzFEST room reservations, call (888) 609-3237.