The world premiere of the Oahu Jazz and Blues Festival will air on Saturday, July 25 on KITV Channel 4 at 3pm. The show, produced by Emmy-winning Maui filmmaker Kenneth Martinez Burgmaier, will feature Les McCann, Donald Harrison, the Iguanas, Javon Jackson, Skip Martin, John Cruz, Benny Uyetake, Brother Noland and Paula Fuga at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Maui will have its own live Jazz and Blues Festival in a few months, running September 10-13 at the Royal Lahaina Resort. There will be a few Maui debuts for that show, like Grammy-winning bass player John Patitucci, guitar master Russell Malone, blues guitarist Kenny Neal and the guitar duo Strunz & Farah. The Iguanas, Donald Harrison and lots of local special guests will also be featured. The second annual Oahu Jazz and Blues Festival is planned to run November 19-22.