2018 Jazz Maui East Meets West Schedule

Vocal Improv and Stage Technique Clinic with Ginai

Wednesday, June, 27 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
King Kekaulike High School, Band Room
121 Kula Hwy
Makawao, HI 96768

Improve your singing skills with internationally renowned jazz and R&B artist Ginai. She will offer an introduction to scat and developing improv skills along with performance tips and tricks from her decades of experience! Open to the public.
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FREE, To register call (808) 283-3576.

Jazz Technique with Mike Lewis

Wednesday, June, 27 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
King Kekaulike High School, Band Room
121 Kula Hwy
Makawao, HI 96768

Take your jazz technique to the next level! Mike Lewis is an experienced teacher and performer and like a great jazz solo, this workshop will go where it needs to go. Topics covered include sound, listening, story telling, scales, sequencing, air support, jazz history and so much more. University of Hawai’i Maui College Jazz Band Director, Mike Lewis, has recorded and toured with artists such as Sammy Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, Bruno Mars and more.
FREE, To register call (808) 283-3576.

in8 flow w. SAMMAY

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center Omori Studio
One Cameron Way
Kahului, HI 96732

This workshop will focus on learning to embody the individual within the collective and finding one's innate flow through rootedness in the natural elements, spiritual essence, and fundamentals of movement found in hip hop and modern dance.
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FREE, To register call (808) 283-3576.

Jazz Maui Presents East Meets West Festival Kick Off Concert

Thursday, June, 28 2018, 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
Home of Nam and Maryanne LeViet
272 S. Ulukoa Place, Kaanapali Golf Estates
Kaanapali, HI 96761

Presented by the Arts Education for Children Group, this one-of-a-kind event features The June Skies Jazz Combo as well as the Mike Lewis & Friends Quartet joined by the fabulous vocalist and three-time Hawaiian Music Awards Winner, Ginai. Mike Lewis and Ginai will be joined by some of Hawai’i’s top jazz musicians. This event is not to be missed.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by clicking the link below.
East Meets West themed pupus and wines are included.

Jazz Maui Presents East Meets West Festival

Friday, June 29, 2018, Pre Show 4:00 p.m., Concert 6:00 p.m.
King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center
121 Kula Hwy
Makawao, HI 96768

Best of the Blue Note Tribute with Mike Lewis & Friends Quartet featuring award winning Jazz/R&B vocalist Ginai and performances by renowned San Francisco choreographer SAMMAY with UH Maui Dance Club & Dance International Foundation and Zenshin Daiko. The opening pre-show concert features the June Skies Combo and Tanama Colibri. Kathy Collins will serve as emcee.
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Tickets are $15. Food will be available for purchase at the event.

Jazz Maui Presents East Meets West Festival

Saturday, June 30, 2018, Pre Show 4:00 p.m., Concert 6:00 p.m.
King Kekaulike Performing Arts Center
121 Kula Hwy
Makawao, HI 96768

Best of the Blue Note Tribute with Mike Lewis & Friends Quartet featuring award winning Jazz/R&B vocalist Ginai. The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra will also take the stage and the Na Ali’i Big Band will close the evening in a special performance joined by Mike Lewis on trumpet and vocalist Ginai. The opening 4:00 p.m. pre-show concert features Shea Derrick accompanied by Dave Elberg. At 5:00 p.m. the pre-show concert continues with a performance by Joie Yasha and the Gems of Jazz. Kathy Collins will serve as emcee.
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Tickets are $15. Food will be available for purchase at the event.

Joie Yasha and the Gems of Jazz

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Center Stage at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center
275 West Ka’ahumanu Avenue
Kahului,   HI 96732

Jazz Maui presents First Sunday Jazz concerts as part of its annual East Meets West Festival and Queen Kaahumanu Center's Maui Made Sundays.
July’s featured performers will be Joie Yasha and the Gems of Jazz. Led by saxophonist Joie Yasha, the Gems of Jazz is made up of some of Maui’s finest jazz musicians with Sal Godinez on keyboard, Peter Delacroce on percussion and Jake on trumpet. They will be performing from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Maui Made Sundays' entertainment continues until 5:00 p.m. with a variety of Hawaiian music students and artists.

Concert in the Park

Wednesday, July, 4 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lahaina Library Lawn
680 Wharf St
Lahaina, HI 96761

An incredible line up of two of Maui’s top jazz ensembles, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra and the Na Ali’i Big Band! Over 70 members of the community will perform. The event concludes appropriately with fireworks.

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King Kekaulike High School Spring Concert
featuring Delfeayo Marsalis

Worldwide Music Ventures & Jazz Maui present the 21st Annual King Kekaulike High School Spring Concert at 7 pm in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center with student performers and special guest, Delfeayo Marsalis. Admission is free.

Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed trombonist, composer, producer and educator. With the legendary Marsalis Family, he garnered the nation’s highest jazz honor in 2011 – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

On Sunday, April 8 from 2 to 3:30 pm, Marsalis will conduct a complimentary jazz workshop for students and aspiring musicians in the high school’s band room. To register, call 808-727-3639 or email kkhsbandevents@gmail.com

Jazz Maui presents… First Sunday Jazz Concerts

Sunday, February 4, 2018 and every First Sunday until December 2, 2018
11 am to 12 pm
Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului

Rising star artist, Prem Brosio from Maui headlines Sunday Jazz with Friends on the main stage. As a professional guitarist and music educator, Prem trained as a jazz guitarist in Switzerland and earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Music from University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He teaches choir at Haleakala Waldorf School, performs around the island as a soloist, and is a member of the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra and Maui Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
First Sunday Jazz concerts are part of Jazz Maui’s annual East Meets West Festival and Queen Ka’ahumanu Center‘s Maui Made Sundays.
Maui Made Sundays’ entertainment continues until 5 pm with a variety of Hawaiian music students and artists.
Admission is FREE.

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

2017 Past Events


 Jazz Maui presents

Off Beat Jazz with

Katie Thiroux – Bass & Vocals, Justin Kauflin – Piano, Matt Witek – Drums

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 at 7:30 pm, McCoy Studio Theater – Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Rising star jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura playing, assured singing and compelling compositions. Quincy Jones selected Katie to perform at his new club, Q’s Bar and Lounge, in Dubai for the 2017 summer program as artist in residence. Quincy said, “I couldn’t be happier to have such a talented young bassist and singer … this girl is IT!” This fall, Thiroux embarked on a U.S. tour to promote her new album, Off Beat, which received 4 stars from Downbeat and features pianist Justin Kauflin and drummer Matt Witek. In concert, the trio performs in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, lending contemporary flair to mainstream stylings. 

Preshow in McCoy Courtyard at 6 pm:

Jazz Metropolis DJ Lee Norris presents Concept One – mixing Jazz, Deep Lounge and House infused with organic improvisational saxophone and flute

Latin American Soul with Tanama Colibri & Rick Brayner – Tanama was raised in New York on world music and is a singer-songwriter and poet, vocalizing a unique style from jazz and soul to Latin American folklore; Rick was raised in Salvador, Brazil and plays classical guitar, samba, bossa nova and jazz

TICKETS: $35, $45 • MACC Box Office 808-242-7469 (SHOW) or MauiArts.org

Sponsored by: Wikiwiki Tax Services • Arts Education for Children Group • Emily Thiroux Threatt • Mana‘o Radio • Maui Signs • BJ’s Barbecue

Jazz Music Workshop at King Kekaulike High School

Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm
with Katie Thiroux and Music Instructor Casey Nagata
Free and open to the public
To register, call AECG President Bryant Neal at 808-283-3576

Visit: katiethiroux.com


 Jazz Maui presents

Jazz Metropolis with Lee Norris

Wednesday November 1st, 5:30pm – 7:30pmWai Bar, 45 N. Market St., Wailuku Maui

KMNO 91.7’s Jazz Metropolis with Lee Norris debuts his new Concept One.

Mixing Jazz & Deep Lounge infused with the Brilliant saxophonist and flutist Joie Yasha Live in the Moment, On The Fly, In The Mix. Great atmospheric vibe and a very cool place to chill out at after work.

The newly created Wai Bar 45 N. Market St. Wailuku. Wednesday November 1st 5:30pm – 7:30pm No Cover:

 Jazz Maui presents


Enjoy live music on two stages for the 4th of July Celebration in Lahaina!

Tuesday, July 4

Lahaina Library’s oceanside lawn next to Pioneer Inn

5 pm

Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra of Maui,
featuring Percussionist LaFrae Sci from New York

6 pm

Darren Lee as Elvis and the Burn’n Love Band

7 pm

Maui Community Band

8 pm

Fireworks Show over the ocean in Lahaina

It’s all free! 

Tuesday, July 4

Outlets of Maui shopping center, 900 Front Street

4 pm

DJ Lee Norris and his Jazz Metropolis mix

5 pm

Jazz Guitarist Prem Brasso

6 pm

Jazz Maui All-star Band

7 pm

Na Ali‘i Big Band from King Kekaulike High School

8 pm

Fireworks Show over the ocean in Lahaina

It’s all free! 


LaFrae Sci, an internationally recognized composer, drummer and educator, will teach the following free classes:

Thursday, June 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm – Drum & Rhythm

Saturday, July 1 from 10 am to 12 pm – Improv

Open to the public at King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani.
To register, call AECG President Bryant Neal at 808-283-3576


Jazz Maui’s 4th of July concert series and clinics are sponsored by:

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Makana Aloha Foundation and WorldWide Music Ventures with support from Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise and African Americans on Maui .

 Jazz Maui presents

2017 East Meet West Festival

The festival is where Eastern and Western Music, Art and Culture collide and inspire!
The East Meets West Festival is happening to encourage cross-cultural dance and musical collaborations. Explore a variety of styles and movements from east and west.  Our two-night program features an exciting lineup of professional jazz fusion and dance artists along with community orchestras and student combos.

Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm

All That Jazz – an intimate, at-home concert, featuring the Ictus Band
with short performances by June Skies Jazz Combo, Billy Chang & Tara Pandeya
East Meets West themed pupus and wines included – $50 per person
Hosted by Mary Anne Fitch & Nam Le Viet in Lahaina

Friday, May 26

‘Iao Theater in Wailuku

6:30 – 7:30 pm  Na Ali‘i Big Band and Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra (Maui)
7:40 – 8:30 pm Cultural Dance performances:

Angel Prince (Hawai‘i Island)
Toni Pasion (O‘ahu)
Billy Chang (Taiwain)
Tara Pandeya (USA)
8:45 – 9:30 pm IctusJazz Fusion Band  (Spokane & Gonzaga University)

Saturday, May 27
‘Iao Theater in Wailuku

6:30 – 7:15 pm  June Skies Jazz Combo (Maui)
7:30 –  8:20 pm Cultural Dance performances:

Sarala Dandekar (Maui)
Akari Ueoka (Maui)
Jazmyne Koch Geis (Maui)

Billy Chang (Taiwan)
Tara Pandeya (USA)
Musical accompaniment by Zan on bamboo flutes
8:45 – 9:30 pm Ictus – Jazz Fusion Band (Spokane & Gonzaga University)

Billy Chang

Ictus Band

Tickets are $25 and $15 and will soon be available at MauiOnStage.com (see “Buy Tickets, other events”)

Music & Dance Workshops

Tuesday, May 23, Wednesday, May 24

King Kekaulike High School in Pukalani

2:30 – 3:30 pm Open Improvisation and Jazz Technique Clinic for all ages – Free
3:30 – 5 pm Jazz Band Rehearsal – Open to observers

Free Jazz Music clinics will be available to students and other musicians

Jazz on Maui

Saturday, May 27

Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului

Tara Pandeya

Cultural Dance workshops will be held in Omori Studio A from 9 am to 5 pm, $5 donation is suggested for each participant.
To register for the workshops, call 808-283-3576

Mahalo to Our Sponsors

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Makana Aloha Foundation, WorldWide Music Ventures, Story of Hawai‘i Museum, Zanboo Flutes

For more information on these events, contact Bryant Neal at (808)283-3576

Photography by:  Dahan Fu, RJ Muna, courtesy of Ictus, courtesy of Billy Chang and Tara Pandeya

About Ginai

An award winning jazz and r&b vocalist, Ginai is a regular performers at the Blue Note Honolulu where she, along with Mike Lewis, present a series of tribute concerts recognizing some of the great women of song including Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole and most recently Sade.  Ginai is a three-time Hawaiian Music Awards winner and the winner of two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for her albums Hot Club of Hulaville, Django Would Go and Hula Joe & The Hut Jumpers. She has proven to be a compelling surge of dynamism that continues to shock your mind, body and soul with her charismatic, hypnotic voice and welcoming stage presence.


SAMMAY (Samantha Peñaflor Dizon) is a Bay Area-based choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary performance artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent born and bred in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and now reclaiming space in San Francisco, CA with honor and gratitude to the Ohlone. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from University of California Berkeley. SAMMAY is a kinetic storyteller who engages her body as a vessel for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. When she is not deep in creative collaboration, she is either facilitating writing or movement workshops or teaching through San Francisco Ballet's Dance in Schools and Communities Residency Program in San Francisco Unified School District.

About Mike Lewis

A native New Yorker who has spent substantial time performing in Polynesia, Mike Lewis has recently moved back to Hawaii from the Pacific Northwest. He is the creator and band leader of Big Band Monday at Jazz Minds Honolulu and the Jazz Band Director at University of Hawai‘i.
 Fluent in jazz trumpet, lead trumpet, and recording studio work, his resume includes touring and recording with Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight, and Bruno Mars. Teaching highlights include Jazz in the Schools Hawai‘i, Christ Church Polytech Jazz School, Friends Academy New York, and Washington Middle School Seattle.

Shea Derrick

Shea Derrick, a Texas native, has been singing for the past twenty years. With a soulful, rock, funky flair- this songstress captures her audience with each flawless note that will have you singing or dancing along. You can see her on Maui with one of her two talented and funky bands, Shea Butter and the Cream or Shea Derrick and the Full Flavor Band.

Shea Derrick

Joie Yasha

Joie YashaJoie Taylor has been a saxophonist for over 25 years, and has been a member and leader of several bands. In the Montgomery Jazz Orchestra of the State of Alabama she has performed in small and big bands with Tommy Stewart, Charles Ellington, Kebbi Williams and grammy award winning artists Javon Jackson and Delfayo Marsalis in the 2016 Maui Jazz Festival

As a member of the world famous Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra begun by Dizzy Gillespie, she has toured Europe as part of the Montreux, Paris, and North Sea Jazz festivals. She can be heard on the released album by Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground. On Maui was a member of Rio Ritmo and currently plays as a solo artist at various locations. She sang as lead vocalist in the group One & One. Her styles include: meditation, jazz, neo-­‐soul, electronic/dance, and lounge including original compositions.