LAHAINA – Jazz Maui presents the second annual Jazz Blues and Beyond Benefit Concert, featuring distinguished jazz professionals, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, at the new Bozich Center, Graham Theater on the Maui Preparatory Academy campus in Napili.
The star-studded lineup includes internationally acclaimed bassist and singer Katie Thiroux, Quincy Jones protected pianist Justin Kauflin, drummer Matt Witek, the Phil Smith Quartet, Paul Marchetti, Jake Thomas and Tanama Colibri, as well as other special guests.
“This is the first concert at the Bozich Center and one of the first professional post-Covid concerts”, said Bryant Neal, executive director of Jazz Maui. âWe are delighted to be able to present these exceptional artists in a live performance to benefit our music education programs. “
The Bozich Center, Graham Theater on the Maui Preparatory Academy campus is located at 4910 Honoapiilani Highway in Napili. This is a mask-less event and, to ensure everyone’s health safety, participants are kindly requested to be fully immunized. Vaccination cards are required by Maui County.
Tickets cost $ 25 and $ 35, depending on seating locations, and are available at www.jazzmaui.org.
Pre-show entertainment begins at 5 p.m. and a selection of food is offered at Fond Maui and Kipa Cottage Bakery, including a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, vegetarian pasta, and curry buns stuffed with vegetables. Food items before the show cost $ 15 and must be pre-ordered when purchasing tickets at www.jazzmaui.org.
Non-alcoholic drinks will be available throughout the evening, and a cheese plate or giant brownie can be purchased for $ 5 at intermission without pre-ordering. Proceeds from food and drink sales benefit Maui Preparatory Academy’s arts and athletic programs.
Thiroux is an internationally renowned bassist, singer, composer, conductor and recording artist. In addition, she teaches at the Summer Jazz Camp of the Monterey Jazz Festival and is the artistic and educational director of the Jazz Maui Camp, an opportunity for students from all over the world to have a top-notch learning experience as well as explore the beauty and the culture of Hawaii.
Thiroux’s unique gift of simultaneously balancing sultry vocals and virtuoso bass playing leaves audiences the world over in awe.
In the words of music icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is HER”.
After losing his eyesight at the age of 11, Kauflin turned to jazz piano, despite classical training in violin and piano. He received top honors at jazz festivals nationwide and began performing professionally at the age of 15.
Protected from Quincy Jones, Kauflin is the subject of a documentary titled “Continue to continue” who follows jazz legend Clark Terry as he mentors Justin as he prepares to compete in an elite international competition.
Composer, producer, educator and artist Quincy Jones & Yamaha, Kauflin is an instructor at Jazz Maui’s Jazz Camp, one of the organization’s music education programs.
Los Angeles-based drummer Witek has toured the world with many jazz musicians and recorded with Thiroux on her award-winning album âPresentation by Katie Thiroux. “
Creative and passionate musician specializing in jazz, he is also an educator for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival and for the Jazz Maui Camp.
As a woodwind master, Smith has a lifetime of experience playing all types of saxophones (tenor, alto, baritone and soprano) and also plays a superb clarinet. His talent took him on stage with stars including Johnny Mathis, Michael Buble and Aretha Franklin (that’s him on his recording of “I have never loved a man like I love you”).
Well known in Maui, Marchetti studied drums and percussion in New York City and has performed and recorded with artists such as Mick Fleetwood, Eric Marienthal, Walter Becker, Michael McDonald, Michael Buble and many more. He began his career in 1973 touring and recording with Peter Yarrow’s Peter, Paul and Mary. Marchetti has appeared on national and local television shows and has recorded and toured with an international roster of artists.
Singer, songwriter, author and poet, Colibri’s multilingual and experimental style encompasses the world, pop, spoken word and soul. She opened for the Katie Thiroux Trio at the Jazz Maui Music Festival 2017 and in 2018 was a guest singer with trumpeter Mike Lewis at the Blue Note Hawaii.
A native of Haiku, trumpeter Thomas is originally from Maui and graduated from King Kekaulike High School. He has performed at iconic jazz venues including The Blue Note and Birdland in New York City. Jake has just completed his second year of college at SUNY Purchase and will be returning to study in the fall.
Other events hosted by Jazz Maui in connection with the concert included a workshop held on June 23 at King Kekaulike High School that allowed young musicians of all skill levels to study with professional music teachers.
One of the special events that take place each year during Jazz Maui is an intimate musical experience that takes place at the home of Maui Realtors Nam and MaryAnne LeViet. This beautiful concert evening benefits Jazz Maui’s music education programs and was sold out again this year.
Jazz Maui (jazzmaui.org), a program of the Children’s Arts Education Group (aecg.org), provides opportunities to participate in high quality jazz education and performance. It is supported by the County of Maui, the Arts Education Group for Children and the Makana Foundation.
For tickets and more information, visit www.jazzmaui.org, text (808) 283-3576 or email @ aecg.org.