Welcome to Jazz Maui


Jazz Maui is supporting local musicians. You can, too, when you click on this Donate button.

Your contributions support Maui musicians who have lost their livelihood and just about everything else due to the recent fires. By organizing events at various venues around the island, Jazz Maui is creating paying jobs for these out-of-work musicians. Your donations also support Jazz Maui and these performers in providing music as therapy for traumatized residents, many of whom are sheltered in temporary housing.

All funds raised directly support local musicians.


Join Us for Our Next Event



Sundays • 5-7 PM
Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolate Factory
78 Ulupono Street, Lahaina

Sunset Jazz spotlights an all-star line-up of local and visiting professional jazz musicians in the upstairs open air pavilion. Different artists perform each week and the music is always top-notch.

Jazz Maui Presents: Sunset Jazz Series December Schedule of Events


December 3

Jeff Hellmer and Friends

Jeff Hellmer – Piano
Paul Marchetti – Drums
Ian Sheridan – Bass
Paul January – Trumpet
Gina Martinelli – Guest Vocalist

December 10

Jazz Maui Holiday Players

Joie Yasha – Saxophone
Paul January – Trumpet
Jeff Hellmer – Piano
Dave Graber – Bass
Paul Marchetti – Drums
Abra Joy – Vocals

December 17

Angela and Phil Benoit
Holiday Show

Angela Benoit – Vocals
Phil Benoit – Guitar
Special Guests

December 24


December 31

Sunset Jazz NY Eve
Makai Jazz Group

Bruce Boege – Saxophone
Jeff Hellmer – Piano
Tasashi Thomas – Trumpet
Jimmy C – Drums
Dave Graber – Bass
Abra Joy – Vocals

Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate, through its Chocolate Laulima program, supports local nonprofit organizations such as Arts Education for Children Group/Jazz Maui. Proceeds from concert ticket sales benefit Jazz Maui’s music education programs.

ProArts Playhouse and Jazz Maui present Jocelyn Michelle Jazz Organ Band

ProArts Playhouse and Jazz Maui present

Jocelyn Michelle Jazz Organ Band

John Rack – Guitar
Sammy K – Drums
John Zangrando – Saxophone
Paul January – Trumpet
Jocelyn Michelle – Hammond B-3 Organ


Saturday, December 16th, 2023
Starts 7:30 pm • Tickets $25-35
CALL: 808-463-6550

1280 South Kihei Rd in Azeka Plaza
ProArts Playhouse Hawai’i’s Favorite Local Theatre
-- Broadway World

Supported by Hawaii Tourism Authority through the community enrichment program and Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau

Jazz Maui Virtual Music Series

The series includes three themed concerts featuring professional guest and local musicians. All concerts are free and will be streamed at 8PM on Friday October 22, Friday November 26, and Friday December 17, 2021 here at JazzMaui.org, AKAKU Channel 55, and our Jazz Maui Facebook Page.   

December 17 – Jazz featuring Classical Instruments

with Members of Maui Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Maui Flute Choir, Sharp Four Jazz Quartet with Mark Johnstone, and Phil Smith Trio

Watch below, at AKAKU Channel 55, or at Jazz Maui Facebook Page.

November 26 – Jazz with Ukulele and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar

with Benny Uyetake Band, Joel Katz Band, Kamalei Kawaa, Seabury Hall Hawai’ian Ensemble, Tanama Colibri, and Phil Smith

October 22 – “Jazz Blues and Beyond II”

featuring Katie Thiroux Trio with Quincy Jones protégé Justin Kauflin

Katie Thiroux is an internationally-acclaimed bassist, vocalist, composer, bandleader and recording artist. Thiroux’s contemporary jazz draws upon the rich history of the music and her unique gift of simultaneously balancing sultry vocals and virtuosic bass playing leaves audiences worldwide in awe. In the words of music icon Quincy Jones, “This girl is IT!”

Watch Our Exclusive “Save the Music” Virtual Gala!
A live event held on Friday October 30, 2020

A Benefit to support “Virtual Jazz In the Schools”

Virtual Jazz in the Schools, is a live online learning program, focusing on jazz instruction and performance. The program is designed as a supplement to the in-school music program. Click to learn more.
Jazz Maui - Virtual Jazz in the Schools


Chocolate Laulima

The Arts of Education for Children Group (AECG) has partnered with Maui KU’IA Estates to offer you an assortment of delicious chocolates. These gift bags and gift box make great presents for friends and family or can be a special treat for yourself to enjoy. Proceeds from these specific products benefit AECG.
Buy chocolate & support AECG

Jazz Maui Presents

Jazz at the Empanada Lady

Saturdays 6:30 PM

Dinner Reservations required
2119 W. Vineyard Street in Wailuku

About Jazz Maui

Jazz Maui, a program of Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) nonprofit organization, provides an opportunity for island residents, music students, aspiring and professional musicians, and jazz music aficionados to participate in or attend high-quality jazz music performances. Through festivals, music clinics and dance workshops, Jazz Maui provides a venue for student performers to establish connections with recognized professionals in music and dance.

Questions? Call Jazz Maui Founder Bryant Neal at 808-283-3576

Jazz at the Shops

Outlets of Maui, 900 Front Street – 5pm

Enjoy music, food and fun!
Prem Brosio
Jake Thomas Quartet
King Kekaulike Na Ali’i Big Band

Mahalo to our supporters: Hawaii Tourism Authority, Arts Education for Children Group, and Outlets of Maui

Makana Aloha Foundation
Hawai'i Tourism Authority
Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau

Sheryl Renee

Sheryl ReneeThe dynamic versatility of Colorado's Sheryl Renee comes from a literal lifetime in and around the entertainment business. An audience favorite, Sheryl moves effortlessly between music genres, artistic avenues, and her entrepreneurial pursuits. Her voice can be heard on hundreds of recordings and commercials. She gets great joy from nurturing and introducing extraordinary talent.

Known as the "Lady with the Golden Voice", Sheryl's gift of song has led to wonderful opportunities, her highlight, performing the national anthem for President Barack Obama, featured and support vocals for countless CDs, bands, events, projects, and sharing creative time with some of the greatest names in show biz, including Candi Staton, Larry Dunn, Freda Payne, String Cheese Incident, The Contribution and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch. Other notable musical relationships and Co-producing shows since 1998 with Arts Education for Children Group in Maui HI. Her greatest joy is introducing extraordinary talent.

Tom Stryker

Tom StrykerTom received his first harmonica at the age of 15 in San Francisco as a Christmas gift.  It was then he engaged former “Harmonica Rascal” Ray Tankersley to teach him to play.   

Tom played lead with the “Harmonica Express,” and the world famous “Johnny Puleo Harmonica Gang.”.  Tom then went on to perform around the world on his own, also performing with the Harmonica Aces on Holland America Cruises Lines to South America.  He is continues to perform as a soloist in Asia including China.  Tom also performs in the Reno area clubs/restaurants and at Jazz Festivals along with Jazz Bands and Symphonies worldwide..

Tom recently recorded a CD Album, “EastCollaboration” with the great Tony Luisi.

A strong supporter of the harmonica movement, Tom joined “SPAH,” The Society For The Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica in 1980.  He was President of SPAH from 2006 to 2012  with members worldwide.

Paul January

Paul JanuaryPaul January got his first paying gig when he was 11 years old, playing piano for a children’s fashion show in Denver, Colorado. By 1972 he was attending music school, teaching piano and trumpet, and working every weekend, and when his former piano teacher said, “Let’s move to Vegas and play in the orchestras!” he was all in. By 1974 he realized that he couldn’t take the heat (literally as well as figuratively) and found a much more temperate climate and much nicer people in the Reno area, with still plenty of work in the field of music. He spent the next 46 years playing in various spots around Reno and Tahoe, as a single performer playing jazz, standards, and pop, or with groups as large as 17 playing everything from funk to big band jazz. He has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names ever to grace the stages of Reno and Las Vegas, and has made many friends along the way. But when a global pandemic (we’re looking at you, COVID!) closes down your gig, what to do? The only logical answer is “Retire and move to Hawaii.”


Now Paul and his family live in Lahaina, Maui. Most of his time is spent homeschooling their 8-year-old grandson, offering advice to the adult daughters, or renovating their home, but in his spare time, he looks forward to sharing his music with the island of Maui.