The Makai Jazz Group is back!
The Makai Jazz Group is back! After long hiatus, they have assembled a new core group to play their classic jazz tunes, bossa nova, swing, and ballads.
David Graber plays upright and electric bass. Originally from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, he now lives with his wife, Emelyn, in Maui.
He received his Bachelor of Music in jazz studies, with distinction, from the University of Calgary, (and was awarded the Margaret Locke Scholarship for strings). David is also a graduate from Grant Mac Ewan Community College, (and was awarded the Edmonton Jazz Society Scholarship).
Jeff Hellmer, jazz pianist and educator, has enjoyed a long and vibrant career. Twice named a finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Far East. His recording, Peak Moments, was declared an “exciting addition to the modern jazz piano catalog” by the All Music Guide. Before coming to Maui, Hellmer was Director of Jazz Studies and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he led the UT Jazz Orchestra in performances at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, as well as appearances with jazz masters such as Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Joshua Redman, John Clayton, and Kenny Garrett.
When do musical influences metamorphose into a person’s own style? When does part-time life become a full-time commitment? When does a lifetime of musical experience bubble over into performance as rich as its sources? Ask Jimmy C. – he’s living proof that a man’s whole music is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Jimmy C’s eclectic, stick-wise drumming style results from years of layering. Jazz-fusion, dixie-cowboy, Philly doo-wop, Jersey shore sweat-bang; flavors of musical moments from 42 years of rock and roll history jump off the skins when Jimmy C. slams into gear.
Bruce Boege has played Jazz music from Hawaii to Hungary in various groups.
He was a member of the Maryanne Driscoll quintet, an avant garde jazz group that toured Hiungary.
He played at the Paradise Club in Boston, Birdland in new York City,
at The left Bank Cafe in Maine with Miles Evans, concerts with James Williams,
(piano player with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messnegers) when he was living in Maine,
along with his own Bel-Isle jazz group around Maine.
Bruce also operates his Limin Music recording studio in Kihei.