Trumpeter Mike Lewis presents a night of growing talent, showcasing the best of local high school jazz bands from around the state. A native New Yorker who has spent substantial time performing in Polynesia, Mike Lewis has recently moved back to Hawaii from the Pacific Northwest. He is the creator and band leader of Big Band Monday at Jazz Minds Honolulu and the Jazz Band Director at University of Hawaii.
A tribute to one of the primary forces behind the creation of the "bossa nova" style of music! Dr. Joie Yasha has been a saxophonist for over 25 years and has been a member and leader of several bands in Montgomery, Atlanta, Ithaca and Maui. She excelled on saxophone and was first chair in Alabama All-State band, which lead to her being the youngest member of the Montgomery Jazz orchestra lead by Tommy Stewart.
In the 1970's, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula; his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world.
Melodie Soul and Blue Light Funk will keep you dancing all show long! Melodie Soul and her band have been going strong for 7 years, as Melodie continues to belt out her beautiful Texas pride at every performance. Blue Light Funk travels all over the island giving every crowd a chance to celebrate in "love and happiness" on the dance floor. On Halloween night, the group will resurrect the spirits of dead rock stars for a night of dancing, grooving and singing to the hits that have lived on since their creator’s demise.
Josh Kaye and friends pay tribute to the Godfather of Soul, the Godfather of Funk, Mr. Dynamite, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business - James Brown. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance in a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.
Lana Kei is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii. Brought up in a musical family, she started performing around the island with her family group “Da Famili,” at age 10. At age 15 she won Hawaii Stars, at 16 she won a singer-songwriter contest and at age 17 she released her first single, as a solo artist, “Rock With Me.”
"No ‘Ane‘i" is the title of Kalani Pe‘a’s sophomore album, which translates to “we belong here.” Pe‘a has risen to be one of the best young Hawaiian singers, bringing a modern sensibility to his own vision of Hawaiian traditions. At this special concert, the GRAMMY® Award-Winner will perform brand new original compositions off of his latest release, along with special guest, 3x GRAMMY® Nominees Ho‘okena.
GRAMMY® nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning group Kahulanui is a nine-piece Hawaiian Swing Band from the Big Island of Hawaii, comprised of four horns, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and steel. Dubbed "The Hawaiian Kings of Swing," they are known for their innovative and creative arrangements.