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Acclaimed vocalist bassist Katie Thiroux is one of the musicians performing during Maui Music Series 2022 “Tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month.” Thiroux also plans to help coordinate jazz workshops for middle and high school students. premises from April 25 to 29. — Photo courtesy of Katie Thiroux

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Rock Hendricks, acclaimed bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux, Quincy Jones protege pianist Justin Kauflin and drummer Matt Witek are among the musicians performing at the 2022 Maui Music Series, “Tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month.”

Presented by non-profit organization Jazz Maui, the series begins on Sunday and ends April 30. Distinguished jazz professionals will participate in thematic concerts covering various styles of jazz. Concerts and clinics will be held at venues all over the island.

“I’m really proud that we’re able to showcase different genres of jazz and have all these bands to be successful,” said Bryant Neal of Jazz Maui. “We have Prem Brosio with his brand of jazz fusion, Sal Godinez with Latin jazz, Katie Thiroux with her trio and a taste of straight-ahead and Rock Hendricks with smooth jazz. He rarely performs live and has a song with Paul Hardcastle topping Billboard.

National Jazz Appreciation Month was founded in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Concerts for the celebration of jazz in Maui are planned:

Pianist/singer Sal Godinez will perform April 22 at The Altitude Deck in Kihei as part of the 2022 Maui Music Series Tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month. — Photo courtesy of Sal Godinez

• Sunday. The opening concert features keyboardist/trumpeter Paul January with drummer Jimmy C. at the Maui Ku’ia Chocolate Factory in Lahaina. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. and the chocolate tasting starts at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

• April 22. Pianist/singer Sal Godinez leads the Latin jazz group Lat. 21°N, accompanied by fellow Maui musicians Danny B on bass, Estaire Godinez on percussion and John Zangrando on woodwinds at The Altitude Deck in Kihei. A member of Amy Hanaiali’i’s band, Sal Godinez has also backed John Cruz and Melveen Leed.

A tribute to the late Maui drummer Roscoe Wright, the show also features jazz fusion band Cosmic Groove with Brosio. A band director at Kamehameha Maui College, Brosio studied jazz guitar in Switzerland and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Cosmic Grove also features drummer Paul Marchetti, keyboardist Mark Johnstone and Zangrando on woodwinds. Tanama Colibri and Friends will open the evening with a pre-show at 5:30 p.m.

• April 30. Smooth Jazz with the Rock Hendricks Band will be featured at The Altitude Deck, featuring keyboardist George Tavey and guitarist Mitch Kepa. The evening will also be marked by pure and simple jazz with the Katie Thiroux Trio, with pianist Kauflin and drummer Witek. A pre-show starts at 5:30 p.m.

Based in Maui, Hendricks has performed and recorded with many legendary artists including Michael Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Michael Buble and Sammy Hagar. In Hawaii, he supported Cecilio and Kapono, the Cazimero brothers and Kalapana.

Thiroux is an internationally renowned bassist, singer, composer and conductor. Currently featured in the virtual 2022 Grammy In The Schools Fest, Thiroux said she loves the spontaneity of jazz the most, “the opportunity to create anything in the moment.” AllAboutJazz hailed their debut album as, “downright phenomenal” and the Boston Globe praised her as “an enchanting vocalist, a poised and polished acoustic bassist and an accomplished songwriter.”

The indoor and outdoor Altitude Deck is located on the roof of Kihei Charter School in Maui Research and Technology Park.

“That’s wonderful,” said Neal. “You’re at the top of the hill and you have all these views.”

Other Maui Music Series 2022 events include a unique event “Jazz at School” program with classroom workshops from April 25 to 29. These clinics offer young musicians of all levels the opportunity to study with professional music teachers.

Thiroux will coordinate workshops with Kauflin and Witek at King Kekaulike High School, Kamehameha Maui Middle School, Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy and Seabury Hall.

“We’re really excited because we’ve tested it in so many different markets all over the United States where we go into classrooms with students,” said Thiroux. “We will go to five schools on Maui and introduce kids to jazz music. My favorite thing is that in 45 minutes you can have kids who maybe don’t know anything about jazz, and at the end they all improvise on a blues. It’s the coolest thing ever.

Selected students will perform as part of the series pre-show at the concert on April 30. The concerts will be recorded and available for free live streaming on the Jazz Maui website and on Akaku at a later date.

Tickets for The Altitude Deck shows are $20. The seats are limited. More information and tickets are available at www.jazzmaui.org.

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