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Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Second annual event to sweep South Maui.

September 6, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Enjoy a shining star in Maui's cultural constellation this month with legendary performances, exquisite cuisine and art.

The Grand Wailea - A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in partnership with Networks, Jazz Alley TV and Maui Festival Hawai'i, have announced the 2nd Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14 through 16.

Throughout the festival, patrons will be treated to performances by jazz and blues legends, Grammy Award winners and Na Hoku Hanohano award recipients.

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Multi-Grammy winner, blues guitar legend Joe Louis Walker.

"Last year, our Maui Jazz & Blues Festival was a sold-out, magical event that people are still talking about!" said founder Ken Martinez Burgmaier, Maui filmmaker and CEO of Jazz Alley TV and Networks.

The main event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on the oceanfront Molokini Gardens' stage at The Grand Wailea. (For a full schedule of events, visit

The event will feature legendary, multi-Grammy and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Louis Hayes, a jazz drummer who has performed with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Atterley and many other greats.

Another multi-Grammy winner, blues guitar legend Joe Louis Walker, will also perform, as well as Grammy-nominated saxophone master Javon Jackson, revered Grammy-winning trumpet master Skip Martin of Kool and the Gang and Grammy-winning sax master Eric Mariethal.

Also performing will be the lead guitarist of New Orleans' Radiators band, Camile Baudoin, who was recently inducted to the Louisiana Hall of Fame; zydecko accordion master Cory Ledet from Louisiana; and Grammy-winning HawaiiONTV Network "Entertainer of the Year," slack key guitar master John Keawe, who will perform his new jazz slack key style called "slazz."

The festival will also feature jazz guitarist Benny Uyetake and the Kalama School Intermediate 'Ukulele Jazz Cats; Zenshin Daiko Taiko Drummers; and Hawai'i's own master singer, composer and Na Hoku Hanohano winner, Brother Noland, who will perform Lead Belly-style blues on guitar.

The Grand Wailea will also feature original Maui Jazz & Blues Festival art by Ruby Mazur, who has painted over 3,000 record albums for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Elton John and Sarah Vaughn.

"Following the success of our nine years of music and cultural festivals in Hana,

Molokai and Lana'i, Jazz Alley TV and is honored to host another music festival with such revered artists performing for the Maui community and resort guests," said Burgmaier. "Music and the arts are vital to every community, and we are humbled to have such an extraordinary opportunity to bring such a historic jazz and blues festival back to Maui for all to enjoy."

Advance tickets for the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival are $50 if purchased by Friday, Sept. 7. Tickets will be $60 at the door. A VIP front-row table for 10 is $1,000.

Festival tickets are available at the Grand Wailea Resort (875-1234), Whole Foods Market Maui in Kahului, Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods in Kihei, at the festival or online at

The Grand Wailea is offering a special accommodations package for Hawai'i residents, with rates starting at $220 per night per night. For more information or to make room reservations, call (808) 875-1234 toll-free and ask for the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival Package.

Festival food stations will be catered by the Grand Wailea. No outside food, coolers or chairs will be allowed.



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