Saturday, June 28, 2014
Red Clay Jazz Festival
4:00 – 9:00pm
at Kauai Lagoons

Diane Schuur

Mississippi Heat

Swing Shift

Friday June 27
Kauai Beach Resort
Jasmine Ball Room at 7:00

Jimmy Borges &
Betty Loo Taylor

Ken Emerson and Will Bernard


Wednesday June 25


Common Ground Garden Cafe, Kilauea 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Mark Pulice Trio
Kukui'ula Shopping Center - Poipu
6 – 7:30 pm

Thursday June 26

"Rumba de Fuego"

7 piece latin band
Aloha Beach Resort – Kuhio Lounge 5:30 to 7:30pm

Hank Curtis Trio
Kauai Marriott – Aupaka Bar
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Jimmy Borges – "Song" The Perfect Language
Will Bernard & Ken Emerson – The Art of Slide Guitar Jazz
Pierre Lacocque – Hands on Harmonica – harp techniques
and Q & A


Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

TRADITIONAL BLUES WITH A UNIQUE SOUND. . . As band leader and composer, Pierre's vision has never wavered since he founded his band in 1991. His mantra is clear and focused. The band has always had an ensemble sound: all musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. His music is traditional because it is steeped in Chicago's golden sounds of the 1950's, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers, all the great harp players... Big and Little Walter, The Sonny Boy Williamsons, Junior Wells, George Smith, and many extraordinary contemporaries such as Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza and Paul deLay. On the other hand, Pierre's blues is unique because he dislikes to tread on old beaten paths.
Hawaii's premier jazz performer Jimmy Borges, 74, has seen more and lived more than most. He also knows more people, from all walks of life – the famous, the infamous, great musicians, singers, even the local mob -- than practically anybody else. And, those who know him know that he has done more for live jazz music in Hawaii than anybody else before and since.

Betty Loo Taylor - From 3-1/2 year-old child prodigy to Hawaii's consensus "First Lady of Jazz." This is the story of Betty Loo Taylor, otherwise known as "Lady Fingers." Betty's unorthodox life and career wends from musical family darling to budding young concert pianist; from strip joint key-pounder to R&B "comper"; and from fledgling jam session "blower" to leader of her own esteemed trio gracing one of Honolulu's world-class hotels. According to those who know her best, she is tough, unique, a full orchestra, an icon, a rascal, a character... oh yes, a Chinese-American Jazz Musician.

Will Bernard

"…one of the most potent, if under recognized, guitarists on the post-Frisell/post-Scofield scene." - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

"Will Bernard is one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet." - Dan Ouellette, Billboard

A Berkeley, CA native and recent Brooklyn transplant, guitarist Will Bernard has participated in a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between.

Early in his career Will performed and recorded with Don Cherry, Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Peter Apfelbaum's various band incarnations, Beth Custer, The Coup, and Midnight Voices to name a few. The most successful of these projects was the gro up T.J. Kirk (with Charlie Hunter) whose 2nd record for Warner Bros. IF FOUR WAS ONE was nominated for a Grammy in 1997.

Will broke out as a bandleader in 1998 with the release of MEDICINE HAT (Antilles/Polygram), showcasing his expert chops and flair for funky, bottom - heavy soul - jazz. He then followed up with two self produced albums on his own label, Drek to Discs, before finding a new home on Palmetto Records and earning a Grammy nomination in Best Contemporary Jazz for his 2007 album, PARTY HATS.

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL, Will's follow - up Palmetto recording, includes performances by Stanton Moore, Andy Hess and John Medeski. The album released on September 30th 2008, rounding out a prolific and momentous year for Will Bernard. Other notable releases of 2008 include ROCKAMOVYA (featuring Bernard, members of Groundation, and Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace), the debut NIGHT FOR DAY from Bernard - Emer - Lackner - Ferber, and EMPHASIS ON PARENTHESIS from the Stanton Moore Trio. As a touring artist, Will B ernard has been gaining steady momentum, performing in his own band or as a member of the Stanton Moore Trio, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Groundation, and numerous other lineups. The Will Bernard band has performed at The Monterey, North Sea, SF Jazz, B umbershoot, Be - Bop and Brew, Montreal, Vancouver and The High Sierra festivals, as well as clubs across the country and through Canada. They have opened for Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, Jimmy McGriff, The Funky Meters, John Scofield, Medeski, Marti n and Wood, Ziggy Modeliste and the Charlie Hunter Quartet.

Bay area born, Hawaiian island bred guitarist Ken Emerson has carved out a dual-career between traditional Hawaiian music and vintage American jazz & blues. Growing up in Hawaii in the 1960s he learned to play traditional delta blues as well as Hawaiian jazz & swing influenced steel guitar music of the 1920's & 30's, and along with his father's, and later his own collection of rare 78 rpm recordings honed his skill on the difficult instrument. By the "Hawaiian Renaissance" resurgence of the 1970's Ken was playing alongside with his idols including Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs, Sol K. Bright and Gabby Pahinui. Ken has also maintained a long standing as a blues and jazz guitarist touring over the years with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, & Norton Buffalo along with New Orleans stride pianist David Paquette. Ken was a featured performer on Hawaii's first Grammy album "Slack Key Guitar" and also on jazz/rock icon Donald Fagen's Grammy winning "Morph the Cat" album.