Tommy James

Tommy James white tieTommy James has been the pianist and music director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the past nine years. Over the years Mr. James has worked with a wide ranging group of artists of many musical genres. Among the outstanding artists and bands with whom he has performed and/or recorded with are The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, Maureen McGovern, Cleo Laine/John Dankworth, Nell Carter, Marlena Shaw, Roy Ayers, Melba Moore, Manu Dibango, Billy Vera, The Spinners, and the Temptations.


Shari Lynn

Shari LynnPrior to settling in Hawai’i, Shari Lynn attended the Pasadena Playhouse, sang with George Shearing and led her own band, touring twenty eight states for seven years. Since settling in Hawaii in 1976, she has successfully continued her career as a professional singer and actress. She’s headlined in concerts with the Honolulu Symphony, and was the “girl singer” with the Del Courtney orchestra. She’s had regular gigs in major hotel showrooms and lounges such as the Royal Hawaiian’s Monarch Room with The Brothers Cazimero, the Kahala Hilton’s Maile Room with Kit Samson, and the Sheraton’s Hanohano Room with her own band, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, which also had a ten-year run at the Hale Koa Hotel.


Valery Ponomarev

Valery Ponomarev Low ResValery Ponomarev worked with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers for 4 years. With the Messengers, he performed at major concert halls, clubs, and festivals all over the world and recorded eleven record albums. He also made numerous television appearances with the Messengers in Europe, Japan, and Brazil. In the United States he has made television appearances on “To Tell The Truth,” on the PBS network, National Geographic Today, and CNN. He performed at the Clifford Brown Memorial Concert in Wilmington, Delaware, 1991, which featured the music of the legendary Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet with Max Roach (leader) on drums, Harold Land, tenor sax, George Morrow, bass, Sam Dockery, piano, and Valery Ponomarev, trumpet.


Amy Hānaiali’i

Amy Hanaialii low resSinger – Songwriter, Amy Hānaiali’i remains Hawai’i’s top selling female vocalist of all time. Hānaiali’i’s success as a recording artist speaks for itself and is evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY® nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Amy’s albums have also garnered 22 Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards – Hawai’i’s equivalent to the GRAMMY® awards. Hānaiali’i’s range of multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano wins, showcases her varied musical depth over the years prevailing in the following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others.


Holiday Swing

Holiday Swing

Jazz Maui 2014 presents Holiday Swing, Sunday Dec 14 at the Four Seasons Resort Wailea – Maui

Holiday Swing -

Jazz Maui 2014 presents “Holiday Swing” with the Big Band sounds of the Moonglow All-Stars featuring special guests vibraphonist Emil Richards and saxophonist Eric Schneider on Sunday, December 14 from 5-8pm at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Tickets are $40 per person, $350 for a table of ten, and are available at or by calling (808) 283-3576.

We are thrilled to present two of the world’s most highly-regarded musicians,” says Bryant Neal, director of Jazz Maui. “This is a rare opportunity for Maui’s residents and visitors to spend an evening with jazz legends such as Emil Richards and Eric Schnieder.

Emil Richards’ illustrious career began in the 1950s and, since then, he has played and/or recorded for most of the famous names in music including: Charles Mingues, Perry Como, Ray Charles, George Shearing, Paul Horn, Shorty Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, the Beach Boys, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, and many, many more.

Tenor-saxophonist Eric Schneider is an institution in the Chicago jazz scene, having played topnotch jazz for 30 years. He gained recognition when he was a member of the Earl Hines Quartet during 1979-82 (also playing alto and clarinet), and he toured with the Count Basie Orchestra during 1982-83. He has also performed with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine.

The 17-piece Moonglow All-Stars, under the direction of Lisa Owen,specialize in swing music of the 1940s and 50s. The music is geared for ballroom dancing and there is plenty of room to swing on the resort’s 900-foot dance floor. Vocalist Louise Lambert opens the show at 5pm and the entire band takes the stage at 6pm.

In celebration of Jazz Maui, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is offering a prix fixe dinner before or after the show at the poolside restaurant, DUO Steak and Seafood. The three-course menu for Holiday Swing attendees includes choice of appetizer (Baby Beet Salad or Crispy Tempura Short Ribs Steamed Buns); entrée (Flat Iron Steak or Seared Mahi Mahi); and, dessert (Warm Ono Farm Banana Toffee Pudding or Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee). The price is $49. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the hotel’s concierge at 808-874-2201.
Jazz Maui is produced by the nonprofit organization Arts Education for Children Group ( and supported by Sara Gadarian
( and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. For more information, visit or call (808) 283-3576.
 Get Your Tickets Now!