Jazz Maui hosts summer party series, 4th of July event and free workshops

King Kekaulike High School alumnus Jake Thomas (right), Colin John (top) and Cheryl Renee will perform during the Jazz Maui events in July. Images courtesy of the artists

The non-profit Maui Jazz Foundation hosts a series of concerts each July for jazz education workshops for local music teachers and students.

The first jazz concert “Experience” was sold out. But tickets are available for other concerts. :

  • July 2: 3rd Annual Concert for Jazz, Blues and Beyond on Altitude Deck, 650 Lipoa Parkway in Kīhei. Concert featuring Lee Norris and Concept 4; Jake Thomas Quartet; and Colin John Blues Band, with special guest singer Cheryl Renee and blues artist RE Metoyer. Doors open at 5 pm. Tickets, jazzmaui.com
  • July 3: Jazz Maui Ku’ia chocolate tasting at its factory at 78 Ulupono Street in Lahaina. The concert features trumpeter Paul Jan and blues and jazz singer Cheryl Renee. Chocolate tasting starts at 11:30am, with live entertainment. Tickets, jazzmaui.com
  • July 4th: A free 4th of July party will be held at Campbell Park, 680 Front Street in Lahaina, at 5 p.m. The annual concert begins with the Chop Sui Jazz Orchestra, followed by Na Aliyi at 6pm. Big Band and at 7 p.m. by the Maui Community Band. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. This event is also supported by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Lahaina Sunrise Rotary, Lahaina Town Action Committee, and the County of Maui.
  • July 30: The Mana Music Quartet will play at the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Center for the Arts and Culture. Show time 7:30 pm
Kisa Uradomo will be the guest violinist at The Mana Music Quartet at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on July 30.

The Mana Music Quartet performs songs from their Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning “Queen Lilioukalani” for Instruments Album of the Year in 2021. It is a collection of songs written by the last king of the Kingdom of Hawaii, including 15 of the Queen. 165 known works.

The Mana Musical Quartet consists of Joshua Nakazawa, the cellist. Eric Silberger, violinist. Man Win Lu, violinist; Duane Padilla, violinist. The software also includes Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 Op111 and featuring special guest violinist Kisa Uradomo. To obtain tickets, visit www.mauiarts.org.

A workshop for Maui jazz teachers will be held at the King Kekaulike High School Band Room on July 26, followed by workshops for students on July 27 and 29, also at King Kekaulike from noon to 2 pm
Event organizer Bryant Neal said Maui jazz workshops offer music teachers and students learning experiences to enhance their knowledge, techniques and skills.

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One of the beneficiaries of Jazz Maui’s educational programs is Jake Thomas, a graduate of King Kekaulike High School, who was accepted to SUNY and is the school’s first trumpet. He will play at the Jake Thomas Quartet concert with keyboardist Sal Godinez, drummer Paul Marchetti, bassist Denny M. and singer Sheryl Renee.

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Jazz Maui is a division of the non-profit children’s arts education group. It is supported by the Children’s Arts Education Group, the Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program, Maui County, the Makana Aloha Foundation, the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau, and South Maui Learning Ohana Inc.

For tickets and more information visit www.jazzmaui.org, text 808-283-3576 or email [email protected]

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