Enjoy jazz under the stars at Mānoa

September 2nd, 2008  |  by  |  Published in Events

Noel Okimoto on drums

Noel Okimoto on drums

Remember the outdoor performances in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Andrews Outdoor Theatre?

Outreach College Director of Community Services Tim Slaughter does. “Friends still rave about Peter Moon Kanakapila concerts of the 1970s and ’80s,” he says. He hopes to revive the experience with the first Mānoa Jazz Festival Sept. 27, 2008, in the amphitheatre.

The evening opens with Hawaiʻi favorites Noel Okimoto ʻOhana and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. (Percussionist Okimoto received his BMus from UH and two members of the quartet have ties to Mānoa instrumental groups.)

The main event features saxophonist Devin Phillips and New Orleans Straight Ahead. New Orleans tour and recording artist Phillips reformed the group with other musician evacuees after Hurricane Katrina disbanded the original group. They mix up intricate and rhythmically innovative sounds with an old-school bebop aesthetic.

Gates open at 6 p.m.; coolers and low-back chairs are allowed, but no alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available at UH ticket outlets and eTicketHawaiʻi or by calling the Aloha Stadium box office at 808 483-7123 weekdays. For more information, call 808 956-8246.

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