Ken Edwards

kenneth edwards iiKen Edwards, trumpet and flugelhorn player, is an active freelance musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and currently teaches applied trumpet, jazz improvisation and jazz appreciation and directs one of the two large jazz ensembles at the University of Texas at Arlington. (more…)

About Jazz Maui

Jazz Maui is presented by Arts Education for Children Group, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment.

Jazz Maui 2015 provides an opportunity for local residents, music students, aspiring young musicians, professional musicians, and jazz music aficionados to participate in and/or attend high quality jazz music performance concerts on Maui. We provide a venue for young aspiring local jazz musicians to establish connections within the professional jazz music scene that may facilitate career opportunities,” states Jazz Maui Founder, Bryant Neal.


Jazz Maui presents “East Meets West” Music Series

Jazz Maui presents “East Meets West” Music Series



Gene Argel to lead new “Jazzy Sundays” Series


Queen Kaahumanu Center presents  “Jazzy Sundays”   

The Queen Kaahumanu Center will join forces with “Jazz Maui” to produce a weekly concert series featuring world class Jazz, blues and Hawaiian music.  Gene Argel and Friends will serve as the house band and will feature weekly guests including top local and visiting mainland and international musicans and vocalists.  Additionally, the show will also feature performances by accomplished local students in training towards professional music careers and a jam session which will allow visiting musicians to sit in. 

 “This is the realization of a dream and years of hard work to realize a music series such as this ” quotes Bryant Neal, executive director for Jazz Maui.  “ Each year Jazz Maui produces workshops and clinics which feature world class musicians from around the world who come and share their knowledge and skills with local and visiting students.  This exciting series will allow our concert series and education programs to extend to a weekly basis.  It is our goal to make Maui a Jazz Mecca for summer music programs and now we can do it on a weekly basis.”  

We are greatly appreciative of Queen Kaahumanu Center for providing this opportunity.  It is with the support of the Center that the series can be offered as a free event open to locals and visitors.  The center will also produce a special “Made On Maui” craft fair featuring an array of Maui artisans set up throughout the mall during the concert.  

The audience will be treated weekly to one of Hawaii’s top Jazz combos led by multi-talented Gene Argel playing with a combo of top accompanists.  A Tacoma native, Gene Argel left the Pacific Northwest in his early 20s to gig in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and points west. The westernmost of those was the Hawaiian island of Maui, Gene’s home since 1982.  That Gene has earned a living on Maui for over 30 years playing jazz attests to his talent, versatility and open heartedness. 

As both leader and “house pianist” for countless club gigs, Gene has backed all the visiting class acts who come through; recording stars Branford Marsalis, Emil Richards, George Benson, Bill Perkins and Steve Gadd; as well as fellow islanders Gabe Baltazar and Henry Allen. Whether on piano, keyboards or his beloved B-3, Gene distils the full quantum of beauty and passion in his

The Kick-off concert on April 3 featured Paul Marchetti on Drums, Gene Argel on Keyboards, B-3, and vocals.  Special guest Gina Martinelli

Jazz Maui 2015

Jazz Maui 2015


AECG 8x10JazzPOS6.2.15 FArturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer and educator received his third Grammy Award in 2015. When it comes to Latin jazz, Arturo O’Farrill ranks as the modern king of the genre. Trumpeter Jim Seeley has performed with Ray Charles, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Maynard Ferguson, and has been a long standing member and featured soloist with the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. The University of Texas Arlington faculty jazz sextet will open the show. There is a pre show courtyard performance by Na Ali`i Big Band (students from King Kekaulike HS on Maui).

Tickets: $35, $45; Sponsored by the Arts Education for Children Group, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and Makana Aloha Foundation with artist booking by Dancin Dave Productions; Master class workshops during the day of the concert require a separate ticket for entry. $20.

The UT Arlington Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) with a world-renowned faculty and approximately 325 graduate and undergraduate students. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in jazz performance. The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree is a robust music degree combined with significant coursework in jazz studies. The Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies is designed to prepare students for professional work in the ever-growing jazz and commercial music areas or for successful audition into graduate school.

The concert is part of a week-long series of workshops and concerts presented by Jazz Maui including:

Monday & Tuesday, June 29 & 30 – Jazz Camp with the University of Texas (UT) at Arlington Jazz Faculty, King Kekaulike High School, 121 Kula Highway, Pukalani,  4-6pm daily
Beginning/ intermediate level clinics geared toward middle and high school jazz musicians. First hour focus is on big band styles, rehearsal techniques, and sight-reading. Second hour focus is on beginning/ intermediate solo techniques, including improvisation over basic chord progressions, scale studies, and practice techniques. $50 for both days; assistance available Register HERE

Wednesday, July 1

Jazz Clinics at the McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului
Beginning, intermediate and advanced classes with internationally renowned professionals.

10-11:30am – UT Improv Clinic
Beginning/ intermediate level clinic geared toward middle and high school jazz musicians. Focus  includes basic jazz styles, articulation, and solo techniques, including improvisation over basic chord progressions, scale studies, and practice techniques. $20, Register HERE

1-2pm – Jim Seely
Advanced clinic geared toward experienced musicians. Focus is on approaches to practice and advanced improvisation, including advanced chord progressions and substitutions, chord changes, and re-harmonization. $20, Register HERE

2:00-3pm Arturo O’Farrill
Advanced clinic geared toward experienced musicians, composers, arrangers, and educators. Focus includes composition, arranging, Latin rhythms, and Afro-Latin, Afro-Cuban, and Pan-American styles and pedagogy. $20, Register HERE

6-7 pm Student Preshow Concert, McCoy Studio Theater courtyard
Performance by Na Alii Big Band (King Kekaulike HS students) – Free

7:30pm – Arturo O’Farrill Jazz Sextet featuring Jim Seely in Concert
McCoy Studio Theater
UT Arlington Jazz Faculty Sextet opens the show
$35 and $45; tickets available at or call 808-242-SHOW10am

Thursday, July 2
Concert featuring student groups Na Ali’i and Chop Suey
Shops at Wailea – 6:30pm – Free

Friday, July 3
Concert  featuring student groups Na Ali’i and Chop Suey
Whalers Village, Kaanapali – 7pm – Free

Gala Benefit concert
Private Residence, Kaanapali HIllside
6:30pm – An intimate evening of acoustic jazz featuring Grammy-Award winner Arturo O’Farrill, fine wines and heavy pupu
Limited to 50 guests- $100 per person; Register HERE

Saturday, July 4
Concert in the Park
Lahaina Library Lawn, Front Street
Holiday celebration featuring traditional musical favorites and fireworks
5-6pm UT Faculty
6-7pm Chop Suey Jazz Band
7-8pm Maui Community Band
8pm Fireworks

Sunday, July 5 
Mike Buono Quartet
Whalers Village, Kaanapali – 7pm – Free