CAL­EN­DAR OF EVENTS DIN­ING GUIDE

Waikiki Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - Black ByJa­son

When you cross the hal­lowed thresh­old at Lew­ers Lounge in Haleku­lani, you step back in time to a sim­pler, swankier era. You’ll es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of the mod­ern Waikiki Strip, slip into a clas­sic cock­tail adorned in your best for­mal at­tire, and dive head­long into the pages of Casino Royale, Ian Flem­ing’s 1953 James Bond novel. Strik­ing. Mys­te­ri­ous. Chic. All rolled into a lounge that’s sec­ond to none.

Once you’re there, co­cooned within its cozy rose­wood en­vi­rons, noth­ing com­pli­ments the pucker-pow-pow of a shaken-not-stirred Ves­per Mar­tini than straight-up live jazz. For­tu­nately, pian­ist and vo­cal­ist Mag­gie Her­ron and Rock­ford “Rocky” Holmes (clar­inet, flute and sax­o­phone) are there to de­liver the sound­track to your lovely evening.

Over the past year-and-a-half, this tight jazz duo has been hold­ing it down at the Lounge with a swing­ing mix of orig­i­nal songs, up­dated ren­di­tions of great Amer­i­can songs, jazz stan­dards and in­ter­na­tional fa­vorites from the likes of Benny Good­man, Can­non­ball Ad­der­ley, Maceo Parker, Char­lie Parker, John Coltrane, Keith Jar­rett, Stan Getz, Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzger­ald, among oth­ers. Craft cock­tail pressed firmly in hand, catch­ing their nightly show is a real treat.

“Cur­rently, I love play­ing at the Haleku­lani,” opines Holmes, 59. “It’s a great venue at a great ho­tel, and I work with and around great peo­ple. Also, I love the clien­tele—an eclec­tic mix of tourists and lo­cals—and I love meet­ing peo­ple from all walks of life.”

“I love the con­stant flow of peo­ple from all over the globe,” com­ments Her­ron.

This steady flow of kama‘aina and visi­tors makes each night fun and lively. It’s a true ad­ven­ture night-in and nightout for the mu­si­cians.

At the same time, Holmes be­lieves his own per­sonal mu­si­cal style has evolved over the years. “My am­bi­tion is to tell a story when I play. In­stead of a lot of fast notes, I try and play fewer notes but the ones I play have more mean­ing, or feel­ing, or char­ac­ter. I try and stay out of my head and play from my heart.” Well said.

Her­ron says: “As both a pian­ist and vo­cal­ist, my style is a real meld­ing of clas­si­cal, pop, and blues as well as jazz.”

When they’re not play­ing live, they spend their time tour­ing the main­land US, record­ing and en­joy­ing the fruits of par­adise with their fam­i­lies. But, no mat­ter where they are and what they’re do­ing dur­ing their down­time they al­ways wel­come re­turn­ing to work in Waikiki on Tues­day evening.

“Lew­ers Lounge is the most en­joy­able and re­ward­ing room I have ever per­formed in,” says Her­ron. “It has an up-close and per­sonal feel and it’s a won­der­ful room to sit back, re­lax, have a drink and some­thing to eat, and en­joy great mu­sic.”

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