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JAZZ MAUI PRESENTS “TRIBUTE TO JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH”
April 30 @ 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM$15
This tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month features the Smooth Jazz sounds of Grammy Award-winning Rock Henricks with keyboardist George Tavey and guitarist/vocalist Mitch Kepa. They will be joined by internationally-acclaimed bassist, vocalist, composer, bandleader and recording artist Katie Thiroux and her Trio featuring Justin Kauflin performing straight-ahead Jazz.
Rock Hendricks is an American saxophonist. He was born with a rare congenital eye disease that made him virtually blind and reliant on his hearing. This is when he fell in love with the saxophone. Rock regained partial sight at the age of seven after several eye operations, and, at 15 he started performing with soul groups in Oakland, California. Throughout his career, Rock has performed and recorded with many legendary performers including Michael Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Michael Buble, The Temptations, Leon Russell, and Sammy Hagar to name a few. He has enjoyed living in Hawaii and performing and recording with Hoku award-winning artists such as Cecilio and Kapono, The Cazimero Brothers, Kalapana, and Nohelani Cypriano. Since 2009 Rock has recorded over 30 songs with British music producer and composer Paul Hardcastle and has had nine Billboard #1 smooth jazz hits. “The King”, Rock’s 1946 King Super 20 Tenor Saxophone, was originally made for the great jazz legend Lester Young.
Katie Thiroux is an internationally-acclaimed bassist, vocalist, composer, bandleader and recording artist. In addition, she teaches at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Summer Jazz Camp and serves as artistic and educational director of the Jazz Maui Camp, an opportunity for students from around the world to get a first rate learning experience as well as exploring the beauty and culture of Hawaii. 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”.
After losing his sight at the age of 11, Justin Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a classical background in violin and piano. He received top honors at jazz festivals nationally and began performing professionally by age 15. A protégé of Quincy Jones, Kauflin is the subject of a documentary entitled “Keep On Keepin’ On” that follows jazz legend Clark Terry as he mentors Justin as he prepares to compete in an elite international competition. A composer, producer, educator and Quincy Jones & Yamaha Artist, Kauflin is an instructor at Jazz Maui’s Jazz Camp, one of the organization’s music education programs.
Pre-show begins at 5:30pm at The Altitude Deck, 650 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, an open-air rooftop venue with spectacular sunset and panoramic views. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.jazzmaui.org. Food will be available for purchase and audience members can bring their own beverage for a $10 corkage fee.
Jazz Maui (www.jazzmaui.org), a branch of the 501c-3 nonprofit Arts Education for Children Group (www.aecg.org) provides opportunities for participation in high quality jazz music education and performances. It is supported by the Arts Education for Children Group, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program, Makana Aloha Foundation, Mana’o Radio, Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Jim Dougherty family.
For tickets and more information, visit www.jazzmaui.org, text (808) 283-3576 or email info @aecg.org.