8th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout!
Sunday May 2
The 8th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout was held May 1 & 2, 2004 on two stages that were set up on the beautiful campus of Kapiolani Community College. "The Wine Stage" was inside the Ohia Cafeteria and "The Lawn Stage" was outdoors (appropriately ;-) on the campus' "Great Lawn".
Oahu's Jazz Community is a fairly small but very supportive crowd of people and they were treated to some of The Hawaiian Islands' best Jazz and Blues musicians as well as some very talented visiting guests from all around the world! Mahalos to all those who helped make this event such a musical success and to all of the fans who came out for this weekend of great music!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take pictures of everyone that played during the 21 hours of the Blowout but here are some of my pictures from this fantastic, locally produced annual event.
Bassist Lee Humes and Shari Lynn
Drummer Sonny Froman of Shari Lynn and Fascinatin' Rhythm
Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev from New York, N.Y. via Russia!
Guitarist Gilbert Batangan playing with Valery Ponomarev and the "Young Lions"
Drummer Eien Hunter playing with Valery Ponomarev and the "Young Lions"
Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev with "Young Lions" - Saxophonist Aaron Hill and Drummer Eien Hunter
Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev with the "Young Lions" - Mark Tanouye, Gilbert Batangan and Eien Hunter
(not shown Saxophonists Aaron Aranita and Aaron Hill)
Bassist Bruce Hamada and Azure McCall
Pianist Jim Howard playing with Azure McCall
Trombonist Curtis Abe, the leader of the Iolani High School Band
The Iolani High School Band (with Brandon Tucay on drums)
Melody Heidel of Two Shades Of Blue
Guitarist Dale Machado of Two Shades Of Blue
Guitarist/Singer Joey Stuckey from Macon, Georgia.
Pianist/Saxophonist Aaron Aranita performing with Joey Stuckey
Bassist Miles Jackson performing with Joey Stuckey
Drummer Peter Factora getting ready to perform with Joey Stuckey
Guitarist Bobby Nishida performing with Cheryl Bartlett
Pianist Les Peetz performing with Rachel Gonzales
Saxophonist Todd Yukimoto performing with Nueva Vida
Singer Anita Hall performing with Nueva Vida
Trumpeters Bob and Phil Scellato, leaders of the PBS Big Band and PBS Little Big Band
The PBS Little Big Band
Saxophonist John Lundgren wailing with The PBS Little Big Band
German Bassist Martin Zenker performing with The PBS Little Big Band
Trumpeter Deshannon Higa
Pianist Clemens Tobias from New York, N.Y. via Germany
Guitarist Robert Shinoda
Keyboardist Aaron Nelson
Pianist Winston Raval
Drummer Jerome James performing with Pianist Winston Raval
Bassist Lou Benanto performing with Pianist Winston Raval
Trumpeter Marcel Porter during the "Lawn Stage" Finale Jam
Keyboardist Bobby Thursby led the "Wine Stage" Jam Session to bring the 8th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout to a close.
Guitarist Fred Walker performing with Bobby Thursby during the "Wine Stage" Jam Session that brought the 8th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout to a close.
Drummer Victor Murano performing with Bobby Thursby during the "Wine Stage" Jam Session that brought the 8th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout to a close.
See ya next year for the 9th Annual Great Hawaiian Jazz Blowout!
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