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Simon Phillips is among the most talented drummers alive, and his resume is as impressive as his playing: The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Toto, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and Gary Moore are just some of the many names in his roster of experiences, which also includes roles as producer and engineer.

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Steve Kimock and Friends play March 23 and 24 at the Blue Note Hawaii and March 25 at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His resume is unusual, in that he's had the chance to perform or work with many of the heavy names associated with the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh.

Marc Cohn is in Honolulu thru Saturday performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The artist, best known for his massive hit Walking in Memphis, recently released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, a collection of demos and related material from prior to his first album.

Kyle Eastwood is in town for performances with his band in Honolulu. Son of longtime jazz fan Clint Eastwood, the bassist has had a string of successful jazz albums and had his music in a number of his father's films.

Pacific Harp Project
Pacific Harp Project

A local group is attempting a new way to bridge the gap between the classical and the modern.  Pacific Harp Project combines the traditional repertoire of the harp with the improvisational nature of jazz.

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

In the early 90’s a series of bands began a revival of the swing music of the 1920’s. Horn sections, zoot suits, and martinis we’re suddenly back in style, being championed by bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Royal Crown Review and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Of those, the later became one of the most visible… incorporating the sound and style of the time.  

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band

For almost 40 years the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has introduced the sound of New Orleans to the world.  This week they return to Hawai‘i for a two island tour.

Originally founded in 1977, the band’s reputation of incorporating different music styles from jazz, to funk, to pop music has distanced them from traditional New Orleans 2nd line brass music.  But the change has also allowed them to be embraced by a larger audience, in turn allowing them to popularize the sound and tradition of New Orleans music.

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After nearly four decades, the Average White Band has returned to the Aloha State. The funk group that originally hailed from Scotland broke into the funk/R&B scene in the early 1970's, making a name for themselves with tight grooves and memorable dance floor anthems.

KING
KING

A dreamy sounding Los Angeles R&B group is making its Hawai‘i debut at the Blue Note.  KING produces music that pays tribute to classic R&B, yet ventures into an electronic direction.

The trio composed of Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother has been called one of the best underground acts to come out of the LA music scene.  They, like many band discoveries these days were found on the internet with their songs being picked up and hyped by artists like Prince, Erykah Badu and DJ/drummer Questlove?

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

A local artist is mixing the blues of Jimi Hendrix with the soul of Bill Withers.

Ron Artis II and his band “The Truth” are introducing a debut EP called “Little People” before starting a series of concerts across the islands.

Artis grew up alongside his 10 brothers and sisters performing for tourists who wandered into his family’s whimsically decorated home on O‘ahu’s north shore. Their father, Ron was best known for more than 900 murals around Hawaii.

Gifted vocalist Lisa Fischer took time for a conversation while in town for a run of dates through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i. She spoke about her childhood, work with the late Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones and more during a conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan took time to visit HPR's All Things Considered for an interview/performance session in Atherton Performing Arts Studio during his week of shows at the Blue Note Hawai'i. He spoke with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence about a wide range of topics, including his unusual guitar style and interest in music therapy.

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Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

John Brothers Piano Company
John Brothers Piano Company

 

It’s not always easy for street musicians, but on rare occasions they get a break.  In many cities, busking is not only a tough way to make a living, it’s also illegal.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour is in the islands right now for a run of dates in Honolulu at the Blue Note Hawaii through Sunday. The guitarist, known to some as Captain Fingers due to his technical precision and equally impressive resume, spoke to HPR’s Dave Lawrence about some of his many career highlights, including work on a milestone rock album.  

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Chinita Tate
Chinita Tate

The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread their style of gospel music for more than seven decades.   

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington may not be a household name, but he’s one of the most prolific collaborators in contemporary jazz and hip hop music.

The 35 year old Los Angeles based saxophonist has been a collaborator and studio musician for an array of different artists, most notably on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album “To Pimp a Butterfly”.  But with the introduction of his solo project, his career has taken on a much larger following.

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Jeroen Komen / Flickr

One of Cuba’s top percussionists is making a stop this week in Hawai‘i.

Pedrito Martinez is a percussionist and bandleader who blends complex percussion arrangements, his distinctive tenor, and the Afro-Cuban music of Santería.

Jazz guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano have a special relationship. Getting to know each other in the early 70's in Boston when both were students at Berklee College of Music, the two are in town with their quartet through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i, a demonstration of an enduring musical and personal relationship.

Don Tiki
Don Tiki

“Exotica” is a style of music pioneered in the late 50’s by artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter giving birth to a style called “Tiki”.  For people outside the islands – the style painted a picture of what a tropical paradise could be.  Cocktails decorated with tiny umbrellas inside ceramic tiki mugs were paired with breezy jazz marked with an occasional bird call.

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

Originally from Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini is a rising star in contemporary jazz. The vocalist, these days based in New York, is touring behind the collaborative effort "Connecting Spirits" she released with Jimmy and Tootie Heath.

Regarded as one of the finest guitar players performing today, Earl Klugh has a career stretching back decades. Just a teenager when first getting the chance to work with Yusef Lateef and George Benson, the jazz great has gone on to become a fixture of the genre himself, noted for his acoustic guitar playing, original compositions and interpretations of covers. Handpicked is his latest album.

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Bryan Thompson / Flickr

Roy Hargrove wants to carry the torch of jazz music into an unstable future.  But after recording more than 20 albums and countless collaborations, he feels his work is far from being complete. 

Sax player and songwriter Kenny G is continuing a four-night run at the Blue Note Hawai'i in Waikiki through Sunday. While the musician has a reputation as one of the top artists in the "smooth jazz" genre, what may not be as well known is how his career began at an early age with a serious test of his abilities, onstage with a legendary voice in music.

  

Hawaii’s live jazz scene will be getting a well-known venue next year with the addition of a Blue Note Jazz Club. The 300 seat venue will occupy the former Society of Seven showroom inside the Outrigger Waikiki.  Barbara Campbell is the Vice President of Retail Leasing and Property Management for Outrigger Hotels.