This free community event will showcase the musical “artwork” of jazz with a live performance by Grammy Award-winning saxophone legend Tom Scott and his trio on the winery grounds from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
A prolific musician, composer, arranger and bandleader, Scott has dozens of solo albums to his credit. He is perhaps best known for his soundtrack work on TV shows like “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s and ’80s, as well as the success of his pop-jazz band, L.A. Express.
In addition to Scott, a full lineup of Maui’s finest jazz musicians will perform throughout the day.
From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hawaiian-style jazz guitarist Benny Uyetake will entertain on the lanai of the Ulupalakua Ranch Store. Robbie Ray — you may have heard him on Mana‘o Radio — will bring his Cocoland Jazz show to the winery grounds from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Brittni Paiva, one of the islands’ best female ukulele players, will demonstrate her diverse musical talents with jazz ukulele from 1 to 1:45 p.m. She will be followed by living legend Henry Kaleaialoha Allen and his trademark “tropical swing and a touch of cool jazz” from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Adding to the inspiration of the day will be the newest member of the Maui’s Winery ‘ohana: the 2009 Plantation Red Maui County Syrah. First released in 1994, this very limited estate wine exemplifies Maui’s unique terroir with a blend of 90 percent Syrah and 10 percent Carnelian handpicked from the slopes of Haleakala. Visitors to “Ulupalakua Inspires” are invited to enjoy exclusive samples of this beautiful, dark purple wine with violet tones.
Known for the cool shade of its 100-year-old trees, Ulupalakua blossoms in early summer with abundant purple blooms of jacaranda and agapanthus.
In this “picnic-perfect” setting, visitors will find all the eats they need at Ulupalakua Ranch Store Deli & Grill. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the grill will offer delicious lunch specials like Maui Cattle Company burgers, Ulupalakua elk burgers, Ulupalakua steak chili, ranch-style brisket and more.
Free wine tasting will be offered throughout the day in the historic King’s Cottage Tasting Room with a free winery tour at 10:30 a.m.
“Since the early days of Rose Ranch, Ulupalakua has had a history of welcoming guests with music and hospitality,” said Paula Hegele, president of Maui’s Winery.
“We hope you’ll come on up and be inspired by the wonderful live jazz and the beautiful surroundings!”
For more information about this “Sunday Drive” event, call 878-6058 or visit www.mauiwine.com or www.ulupalakuaranch.com.
Over his long career, Tom Scott has collaborated with artists from Joni Mitchell to George Harrison and has won three Grammy Awards for his work.