Jazz Fest Fu­el­ing West Schol­ar­ships

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By CHRIS FLECK

Good mu­sic for a good cause: That’s the theme be­hind the Pa­cific Rim Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Billed as a show­case of some of the world’s best jazz mu­si­cians, the fes­ti­val plays from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Hoku­lani Ball­room at Ko Olina’s JW Mar­riott Ihi­lani Re­sort and Spa and will fea­ture the smooth mu­si­cal stylings of Bobby Cald­well, Rick Braun, Brian Simp­son, Pauline Wil­son, DeShan­non Higa, Patti Austin, Yvett Nii and Grammy-nom­i­nated group Hiroshima, just to name a few.

But best of all, pro­ceeds from the evening will ben­e­fit the Kapolei Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides schol­ar­ships and ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives to stu­dents from the Kapolei, Wa­ianae and Nanakuli ar­eas who have the mo­ti­va­tion, de­sire and abil­ity to earn a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion but lack the fi­nan­cial sup­port.

This con­cert-for-a-cause is the cre­ation of head­liner Michael Paulo, a renowned sax­o­phon­ist whose ca­reer spans more than 35 years and who cur­rently co-pro­duces the Smooth Jazz Nights se­ries in Waikiki.

Paulo is no stranger to the fes­ti­val scene — he has pro­duced the Te­mec­ula Wine and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Cal­i­for­nia for the past

six years, and was the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor/ host of the Dol­phins Days Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Hawaii for 15 years. When he was look­ing for a fresh venue to fea­ture the art of jazz as a way to give back to the com­mu­nity, the West Oahu re­sort and non­profit seemed like a per­fect match.

“Team­ing up with Michael Paulo has been a real bless­ing,” said foun­da­tion chair Sharon Roli­rad. “This mar­riage of venue, en­ter­tain­ment and char­ity fundraiser has been a win-win for all of us.”

More than 1,300 at­ten­dees al­ready are ex­pected, and VIP seat­ing has al­ready sold out. Gold and gen­eral ad­mis­sion seats are still avail­able.

For fes­ti­val or ticket in­for­ma­tion, visit paci­fi­crim­jaz­zfes­ti­val.com.

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