Hawaii has long been a sanctuary for busy international artists. An elite handpicked group of musicians and vocalists who had chosen to live in paradise are now known as The Blue Note Gospel Choir. Their exhilarating and family-friendly Sunday morning concerts at the world famous Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki are the most sought after tickets for an entertainment / brunch package in the islands.
The Honolulu Jazz Quartet is a logical progression in the great tradition of post-bop jazz in Hawaii. The band, now in its 15th year together, was founded in 2001 by local bassist John Kolivas with the intent of bringing four like-minded musicians together to create a consistent, indelible sound. Together the group has a voice that has thrilled audiences at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the Honolulu Symphony Pops (with full symphony arrangements), and the finest jazz settings throughout Hawaii, California and Seattle. HJQ recordings and performances have received praise from the legendary jazz writer Nat Hentoff, and top musicians including Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, John Clayton, Jr., Jeff Hamilton, Makoto Ozone, Glenn Moore, and James Ingram.