All that jazz … and more coming in June!

The Honolulu Jazz Quartet finished off the season for the Kaua‘i Concert Association’s season in style at the Kaua‘i Beach Resort earlier this month. The group has played together for 10 years.

As John Kolivas the leader, composer and bassist, quipped during their performance, they have been together for so long that they are all speaking to each other again. Kaua‘i heartily welcomed them and helped them celebrate their 10th anniversary performance.

 The Honolulu Jazz Quartet’s style and technique are unique. They have bold sax, steady and trendy percussion, playful keyboards and quite simply very tuneful music. The four musicians all had performed extensively with many famed jazz artists such as George Benson, Ray Charles and Herbie Mann. Then they brought their talents together to form their own distinctive sound. All the band members compose, and their understanding of music is evident by their masterful delivery.  

Their latest CD, “Tenacity,” has won critical acclaim as being worthy of world attention by well-known jazz critic Nat Hentoff. The Honolulu Jazz Quartet was among the artists who played the first Red Clay Jazz Fest here in 2008 and were brought here to Kaua‘i by the Kaua‘i Concert Association first in 2002.   

The widely anticipated annual Red Clay Jazz Fest this year will be June 30.  The festival will feature local artists and the incredible E. C. Scott — a nine-time Handy Award nominee who has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Patti La Belle and Lou Rauls.

Also taking the stage will be Vanessa Collier, The Vennissa Santi Sextet, The Afro Cuban Holiday, The Kirk Smart Quartet, and the Berklee Student All Stars. You can get tickets by calling Judy Arrigo at 822-3148 or the Kaua‘i Concert Association at 245-7464.

 If you get your tickets today, you can get your second ticket at half price for $20.  

Tickets are also available from the website at www.redclayjazz.org.

And you get can them  at Magic Dragon in Princeville, Pictures Plus in Lihu‘e or Kaua‘i Music and Sound in Kapa‘a.

This is a must see and hear event for Kaua‘i that draws jazz fans from around the world.

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