THE ARTISTS


 

 
Pablo Cruise Pablo Cruise
Pablo Cruise is an American pop/rock band from San Francisco. Formed in 1973, the band released eight studio albums over the next decade, during which time five singles reached the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 

 



 

Michael PauloMichael Paulo
Festival Host and Producer Paulo has traveled the world as an ambassador of jazz. Hailing from Hawaii, his personal style and energy in his performances has electrified audiences everywhere.

 

 


 

Guest Member of HiroshimaHiroshima
An American band formed in 1974 that incorporates Japanese instruments in its music. Hiroshima has sold over four million albums around the world.
 

Patrice RushenPatrice Rushen
Grammy Award winning pianist and composer
 


 

Rene PauloHe is known as "Hawaii's Favorite and Most Famous Pianist" and has been invited repeatedly to perform in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Paulo played with famous artists like Alfred Apaka, Hilo Hattie, Don Ho and Sandii. He has played music at a church in Kapolei, Hawaii that was founded by Pastor Danny Yamashiro and is the father of cosmopolitan and versatile saxophonist Michael Paulo.
 

KanzakiKanzaki
From Japan this Japanese sax legend is a festival regular representing Yanigasawa Saxophones a festival supporter and contributor to our local charities.
 

Michael WhiteMichael White
 


 

Barbara MorrisonBarbara Morrison – Vocals
Barbara is a legendary jazz and blues vocalist who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 1995, Barbara performed in a star-studded line-up television tribute to Ella Fitzgerald along with Mel Torme, Diane Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lou Rawls. The Barbara Morrison Performance Arts Center is an entertainment complex that serves as a popular venue for many music and cultural events in Los Angeles. It supports the Harmony Project which helps children encounter music in an after-school program. Barbara is known for her melodic voice and a three-and-a-halfoctave range. She interprets a familiar jazz and blues classics repertoire in a unique style, and also sings original contemporary tunes. One example of her original music is "I Wanna Be Loved", co-written with Michael Cormier, which is a musical theatre production about the life and times of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues. Her concert appearances include Montreux, Nice, Pori, Carnegie Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Australia, Monterey Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and more. In addition to a long list of her own recordings, she has worked with an A-List of “Who’s Who” in the jazz world including legends Gerald Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Esther Phillips, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Keb' Mo, Count Basie Orchestra and many others.
 

Kimo CornwellKimo Cornwell
Kimo (Hawaiian for James), was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. This amiable keyboard genius of Hawaiian, Chinese and English ancestry grew up in Kalihi and graduated from Farrington High School. Blessed with the love of music and a palate for 'plate lunch,' Kimo soon became reknown as one of the best keyboard players from the islands. After playing and recording with most of the top groups in Hawaii, Kimo and his wife Debbie, moved to Los Angeles to try his hand in the 'mainland' music scene. Immediately discovered by touring groups, Kimo hit the road first with Cheryl Lynn ("To Be Real"), and then with a succesion of artists including Ronnie Laws, Al Jarreau, Frankie Beverly and Maze -- and off and on with a unique L.A. band named Hiroshima. Actually during the period of the mid-eighties Kimo was being pulled at by Hiroshima, then Jarreau, then Maze, then Hiroshima, then Maze then . . . you get the picture. Eventually his head gave way to his heart, and he has since bit the pocketbook and become a fulltime mainstay with the band. Working in the capacity of keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer he has become part of the heart and soul of the music.
 

Yu OokaYu Ooka - Guitar/Shamisen
Yu is originally from Osaka, Japan. Soon after moving to LA, he joined the group of the legendary jazz pianist, Billy Mitchell and started playing numerous jazz clubs and festivals such as Catalina Bar & Grill and Sedona Jazz on the Rock Festival. His versatile guitar style covers genres from Jazz to contemporary R&B, but also traditional Japanese music. Yu has many credits for his performances for several ABC TV shows, movies and many commercial songs. Yu released his first solo album “Vegas Drive” in 2016, and his music is played on radio stations all over the world including the UK, Austria, Russia, US and Japan. Yu is also known for a leader of the fusion Japanese folk group called, Minyo Station. They have performed at many shows and festivals on the West Coast in places such as Rio in Las Vegas, LA county museum of art and LA Nisei Week festival and many others. Yu has recorded and performed with numerous legends of jazz, blues, pop and R&B, including Billy Mitchell, Barbara Morrison, Michael Paulo, Patrice Rushen, Eric Marienthal, Garrett Morris, Janice Johnson (Taste of Honey), Freeda Payne, Poncho Sanchez, Pauline Wilson, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Brenda Lee Eager and many others.
 


 

 

Land RichardsLand Richards
 

Andrew FordAndrew Ford
 





Freddie Washington, Fred Schreuders, MC Timmy D
and more artists to come!