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Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk expanding

By Staff | Feb 16, 2012

Jenny Kerr is coming to Lahaina to perform in the 2012 Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk. Photo by Billy Douglas.

LAHAINA – Bill Burton and the Maui Jazz Society are lining up new artists and venues for the 2012 Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk.

So far, the second annual event on April 13-15 will feature headliners Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor, the Oahu jazz band Hot Club of Hulaville, California blues artist Jenny Kerr and Maui’s own Kelly Covington and David Choy with Slam.

Meadows is a tenor saxophonist, soprano saxophonist, composer and smooth jazz recording artist who has released 11 albums.

Popular saxophonist Taylor topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart with “Ladies’ Choice” in 2007 and hit number one on the airplay charts with the title track from “Burnin.'”

Meadows, Taylor, Michael Lington, Warren Hill and other jazz stars have played for years on the “Gentlemen of the Night” tour, which continues this year.

Hot Club of Hulaville won the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for “Jazz Album of the Year” for “Django Would Go!”

A regular on the country/blues/roots circuit, Kerr headlined “Mirande,” Europe’s largest country music festival. While touring, she has shared top billing with legends like Charlie McCoy and Americana artists Guy Clark, Jack Ingram and Lee Roy Parnell.

Burton, the owner of Sir Wilfred’s in Lahaina, said the 2012 festival will be held in conjunction with “Second Friday” in Lahaina. A concert is slated in Campbell Park on April 13.

This year’s participating venues include Longhi’s, Blue Lagoon, The Pioneer Inn, Captain Jacks, Hard Rock Cafe, Kimo’s and Maui Grown Coffee.

Burton expects to add more artists and venues this month.

The inaugural Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk went “unbelievably well,” said Burton, with around 3,000 people attending concerts during the three-day event.

“The venues that participated were all happy and are going to be involved again. We also ended up with bands getting continued work after the festival at some of the venues… This is in keeping with the Maui Jazz Society’s mission to help promote these art forms anywhere we can.”

Maui Jazz Society is raising money to help stage the event. There are five sponsorship levels available from $350 to $5,000.

For information, contact Burton at 661-0202, e-mail mauijazzsociety@gmail.com or visit the Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk’s Facebook page.