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. There are many fine jazz artists in Hawaii, but the economics of making a living as a jazz musician in the 50th State are not conducive to the same group of players working together for an extended period of time. The four members of HJQ have done just that, and the result is a beautiful blend of four individual voices into one distinctive and original voice – 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.
The HJQ’s album "Tenacity," with liner notes by Nat Hentoff, was released nationally on March 20, 2007. Nat Hentoff writes: “The Honolulu Jazz Quartet is ready to be recognized in jazz scenes throughout the world, as is manifestly, invigoratingly evident in ‘Sounds of the City,’ and now, ‘Tenacity.’" HJQ’s debut CD "Sounds Of The City" was released in February 2004 under their own label (HJQ Records). The CD made its debut on the National Jazz Radio Top 50 Chart (JazzWeek) in March 2004, spending seven weeks on the chart. Downbeat Magazine calls "Sounds of the City," “a satisfying document af their straightahead style.”
Leader/composer/bassist John Kolivas is a local Hawaii product who spent eight years in New York City during the 1980s playing jazz and Broadway shows. John has performed with Benny Golson, Larry Coryell, Makoto Ozone, John Pizzarelli, Don Grusin, Valery Ponomarev, George Benson, Grady Tate, Robin Eubanks, Eric Marienthal, Herb Ellis, Bud Shank, Richie Cole, Tiger Okoshi, Gabe Baltazar, Keola Beamer, Raiatea Helm and Keali’I Reichel. Pianist/Composer Dan Del Negro hails from the south side of Chicago where he absorbed the fine jazz scene around him. Dan has worked with Herbie Mann, Vinnie Coliuta, Eric Marienthal, Tiger Okoshi, and Nestor Torres and Larry Coryell. Hawaii born saxophonist Tim Tsukiyama attended the Berklee College of Music, is a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band and has worked with Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bunky Green, John Pizzarelli, The Temptations, and Kalapana. Drummer Von Baron, originally from Kansas City, also attended the Berklee College of Music, and was a student of Jeff Hamilton. Adam has played professionally with Shelly Berg, Hiroshi Hata, Carlinhos de Oliveira and Matt Catingub.