Island Blues & Jazz
On Saturday, September 12th, my wife and I attended the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival held at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Ka’anapali. Situated oceanfront in a romantic setting, the warm evening proved perfect for a night of jazz. At sunset, the festival kicked off with The Jazz Alley TV Quartet. They set the tone for a relaxing jazz-filled night.
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It was exciting to finally hear the Grammy-nominated guitar duo of Strunz & Farah. The two have been performing together since 1980, yet as die-hard jazz fans we had never seen them in person. I particularly enjoyed their flamenco-style strumming, but also liked their Latin-infused hits.
In addition, the audience was treated to The Zenshin Daiko Drummers, a group of young local children who impressed the primarily mainland-residing audience. The music was a perfect aloha-style backdrop for the fading sunset, with the ocean waves lapping through the air.
When we saw the line-up, we were so happy to be able to hear some many talented jazz musicians we’d never seen perform. We were not disappointed listening to two Grammy-award winning artists, bassist John Patitucci and guitarist Russell Malone.
The highlight of the evening was the Hana Hou Jazz Jam Session. Performers included with Donald Harrison, Steve Turre, Corey Ledet, Cedril Ballou,Paula Fuga, Benny Uyetake, Les McCann and Javon Jackson.
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Don’t worry if you missed the music festival. You can still enjoy an island-music festival at the Oahu Jazz and Blues Festival on Nov. 19-22, 2015. Learn about this great event as well as other music festivals around the world by clicking on our Festivals section of our website.Tags: Jazz and Blues Festival, Music Festival