WEST MAUI - Arts Education for Children Group is presenting Jazz Maui 2013, a celebration of America's original musical art form, through July 7 at various venues on the island.
"Jazz Maui 2013 is being presented to provide an opportunity for local residents, including music students, aspiring young musicians, professional musicians and jazz music aficionados, to participate in and/or attend high-quality performances," said Bryant Neal, executive director of Arts Education for Children Group (AECG). "We are proud to present world-class musicians playing a variety of jazz genres that spans classical, New Orleans, Latin and more."
The annual Fourth of July Concert in the Park on the Lahaina Library lawn begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, featuring University of Hawaii Maui College Institute of Hawaiian Music students performing under the direction of George Kahumoku Jr. The Maui Community Band led by Lisa Owen will then play traditional holiday favorites at the free show.
On Friday, July 5, a free afternoon concert will be held at Whalers Village from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring the UHMC Institute of Hawaiian Music students and cameo performances by the Louis Romanos Quartet and other Jazz Maui performers.
Pau Hana Jazz at Kahana Grill in the Kahana Gateway Center with Ellen Bellerose and Shiro Mori begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. There is no cover charge.
Also on Friday, an exclusive party will be held at a private residence in Kaanapali to raise funds for Jazz Maui's music education programs.
This intimate evening will feature performances by world-class jazz musicians, fine food by Honu, Kahana Grill, Lulu's Lahaina and Merriman's Kapalua, and wine pairings by Chef Donato Loperfido of Flavors of Italy importers. For reservations, go to www.jazzmaui.org.
Another free jazz performance with special guest musicians will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Whalers Village on Saturday, July 6.
Also on Saturday, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will host a concert fundraiser for the newly named Malama Maui Nui, formerly Community Work Day Program.
The concert will feature a phenomenal lineup of headlining jazz musicians, a visual and live performance by ArtCore Maui (the co-producers of Maui's last three "Art MiXX" events), silent auction, environmental education and a native and edible plant sale.
The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for adults.
Jazz Maui 2013 will host the entertainment featuring trumpeter Jim Seely and saxophonist Peter Brainin of the Arturo O'Farril Latin Jazz Orchestra live from New York, The Gene Argel Latin Band, The Louis Romanos Quartet from Louisiana, and award-winning pianist Tommy James of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Attendees will be immersed in the new Malama Maui Nui and the ways we can all care for the environment.
Guests can receive free seeds for plant starts and win native and edible plants.
The last concert of the series takes place on Sunday, July 7, at Whalers Village beginning at 6:30 p.m. This free Sunset Jazz Concert will feature the Mike Buono Trio and guests.
Contact Neal at 283-3576 for information. Go to www.jazzmaui.org for a detailed schedule.