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Jazz Maui to present fourth annual East Meets West Festival

By Staff | Jun 20, 2019

The festival’s all-star lineup includes bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux, pianist Justin Kauflin (pictured), trumpeter Mike Lewis, vocalist Sheryl Renee, drummer Matt Witek and saxophone great Paul Contos.

Jazz Maui presents the fourth annual East Meets West Festival – featuring distinguished jazz professionals participating in concerts, classes and workshops – from June 23-30 at various venues throughout Maui.

Internationally-renowned bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux headlines an all-star lineup that includes Quincy Jones protege pianist Justin Kauflin, Honolulu-based trumpeter Mike Lewis, vocalist Sheryl Renee, drummer Matt Witek and saxophone giant Paul Contos. Visit “http://www.jazzmaui.org”>www.jazzmaui.org for a complete schedule of events.

“One of the special events taking place during the festival is an evening concert on Friday, June 28, at the Kaanapali home of Maui Realtors Nam and Mary Anne LeViet,” said Bryant Neal, executive director of Jazz Maui.

“This intimate musical experience features Justin Kauflin playing a rare Bozendorfer piano and performances by the Katie Thiroux Trio and vocalist Sheryl Renee. It’s a benefit for the Jazz Maui Music Education Program to support scholarships to jazz camp, and the ticket price includes gourmet pupu and select fine wines.”

“Jazz, Blues and Beyond”, the grand finale concert of the festival, takes place on Saturday, June 29, in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

Dance classes will be offered by San Francisco-based choreographer Sammay.

The star-studded lineup features the Katie Thiroux Trio, Kauflin, Witek, Contos, Renee and other special guests, along with the popular, multi-talented Kathy Collins as emcee.

Preshow entertainment by Jazz Maui Camp students begins at 5:30 p.m. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.

The festival begins on June 23 with the opening of the week-long Jazz Maui Camp, an opportunity for young musicians of all skill levels to study with professionals and enjoy Hawaiian cultural activities. There is a fee for Jazz Maui Camp; visit www.jazzmaui.org for a schedule and more information.

Dance classes are being offered in the Omori Studios at the MACC by San Francisco-based choreographer Sammay, including “In8Flow” from 1 to 2 p.m. and Hip-Hop from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28; and, on Saturday, June 29, Hip-Hop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rooted Rhythms from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and a performance from 5 to 6 p.m. The fee for each dance class is $10 per person at the door.

The documentary “Keep on Keepin’ On” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center in Kula. This film follows 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry, to document his mentorship of 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Kauflin as he prepares to compete in an elite international competition. Admission is $10 per person.

Jazz Maui is also presenting music in Lahaina on Thursday, July 4, at the Concert in the Park on the Lahaina Public Library lawn beginning at 4 p.m. and at “Jazz at the Shops” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Outlets of Maui, 900 Front St. There is no admission fee for these concerts. For tickets, a complete schedule and more information, visit www.jazzmaui.org.