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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Red Clay Jazz Festival
4:00 – 9:00pm
at Courtyard Marriott

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Ensemble


Jazz Kanikapila

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Ensemble

Escovedo, along with such seasoned bandleaders as Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto, is today viewed as one of the standard bearers of Latin jazz. "There are so many great young players who are carrying on the tradition," he says happily. "My job, as I see it, is to keep on doing what Tito, Mongo, Cal, Willie and others would be doing if they were still with us today. At the same time, we need to experiment and expand the genre." The younger guys will see to that. But for Escovedo right now things couldn't be better. "The audience is there, and it's worldwide," he enthuses.

A California native, Escovedo was raised in Oakland. His father was an amateur singer and guitarist who passed along a love of Latin music, while young Pete discovered and cultivated a love of jazz largely on his own. Early on, he embraced the Latin jazz style, steadily building a reputation in the Bay Area as part of The Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet.

The Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet grew into one of the most popular Latin jazz combos in California. In the late '60s when guitarist Carlos Santana hired Coke and Pete for his hugely popular group. "That was our entry into the Latin rock scene," says Pete. In 1970 they founded the band Azteca, a cooperative 14-piece Latin big band. Azteca recorded two albums for Columbia, an eponymous debut and Pyramid of the Moon. "Those were the days of Blood Sweat and Tears and Chicago, the big band sound," Pete says, "and we wanted to have that same kind of thing."

Today, Escovedo leads what is widely considered one of the finest ensembles in Latin jazz, a mix of musicians from both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The end result is a joyous concoction of Latin rhythms with elements of jazz, R&B and funk that is hard to resist. Latin jazz fan around the world will rejoice.

Since 2012, Adagio has been bringing a unique brand of R&B/neo-soul influenced jazz to the Honolulu music scene. The band plays regularly at Jazz Minds where it has been performing since its inception.

Vocalist Riya Davis moved to Oahu as a teenager and can currently be heard most nights performing as the headliner on the Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise. She has performed as a back-up singer for artists such as Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Ruben Studdard, Ray Parker Jr., Shiela E., Bobby Caldwell, Kenny Loggins, "Ready" Freddie Washington, Denice Williams, Gwen Stefani, and Mikey Dread.

Joshua Kaye, the bandleader and keyboardist, moved to Honolulu in 2008 after twelve years in the San Francisco jazz scene. In 2003 he released his first cd entitled "The Joshua Kaye Quartet - Live!" which featured sidemen who were veterans of the Cal Tjader band and was described as "kinetic Latin swing" ( Since moving to Hawaii he has produced several cd's featuring local Honolulu musicians. Most recently, he recorded some tracks with New York trumpeter Eddie Henderson for a cd project which is scheduled to be released later this year. His trio currently performs every week at Sarento's in the top of the Ilikai.

Drummer and vocalist Bonny B. has settled in Oahu after spending six years as a member of Grammy award winning jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra. He also toured and recorded with Bruce Hornsby from 1999 -2002 and has performed with a wide range of artists and acts during his career including Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr., George Duke, The Jacksons, James Brown, B.B. King, Albert King, Abba, Natalie Cole, The Bee Gees, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Taylor, Paul Christopher, Sister Sledge, LTD, Jeffrey Osborne, The Grateful Dead, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Vince Gill, Dave Koz, Take 6, Clint Holmes, Dennis Miller, David Breener, KC and the Sunshine Band, Maysa, The Commodores, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Manhattans, Millie Jackson, B.T. Express, Mindi Abair, Tony Tillman, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and Yellowman.

Bass player Dmitri Gorodetsky met Riya and Joshua while performing at the new Blue Note jazz club in Waikiki and Dimitry sat in with Adagio a few nights later. He has performed, toured, and recorded with many international recording artists including Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues, Lauryn Hill, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Kenny Lattimore, Vashawn Mitchell, Wycleffe Jean, Rita Ora, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Nas, and Christina Aguilera.

The five solo albums Cindy Combs has recorded to date, spotlight different facets of her musical styles from traditional slack key instrumentals to a blend of jazz and blues featuring her unique vocal style. Cindy's award winning compositions are performed by scores of entertainers. At present, Cindy is the Music Director of Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. She performs regularly in various venues throughout Hawaii playing Blues, Jazz, Fold and Hawaiian.

Sabra Kauka began signing as a child at home and at church. She remembers listening to recordings of Big Bands of the era such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey and Quincy Jones and ballroom dancing with her parents. Sabra was born in Honolulu and is a Kamehameha graduate, but was raised in a variety of countries due to her father's position in the military. At present, Sabra is kumu of Hawaiian Studies and hula halau Na Pua o Kamaile at Island School. She also coordinates the D.O.E. Hawaiian Studies Cultural Personnel Resources on Kauai.

Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira – if you are looking for a singer-musician-composer-emcee-hula-dancer-minister all rolled into one, you will find it in Lady Ipo. Highly regarded on Kauai she is often asked to emcee programs. Her wit, amazing voice and smooth hula are always a delight, her hula concerts have become an island tradition. At a recent Mokihana Festival Composer's Concert, Ipo brought the house down performing her original rocking blues tune and walked off with the prize.

Kirk Smart – Guitar - Kirk is the one to rehearse and arrange the music for this Jazz Kanikapila. Raised in Europe, Kirk travelled to Los Angeles to round out his music education and study guitar with Joe Pass and Ted Greene among others, before making his home on Kauai. Kirk divides his time between teaching guitar and playing music. He is passionate about both.

Tony Rodarte – Drummer – Tony is at home playing everything from Jazz and Salsa to Rock and Roll and Pop. He has toured with Manny Lopez and gigged with Willie Nelson and sat in with Tito Puente. Over the years Tony's great skill, versatility, professionalism and congeniality have established him as the "to to" drummer for visiting headliners. He has shared the stage with some fine Jazz artists here including Ernie Watts, Peter Sprague, Noel Okimoto and Ernestine Anderson.

Darryl Miyasato – Bass – Darryl took up trumpet, tuba and electric bass under the baton of Maestro Larry McIntosh at Kauai High. While earning a BA in Music Composition at UH Manoa, he studied double bass with Michael Gorman. In 2000, Darryl received a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance at Manhattan School of Music studying with Principal Bassist of New York Philharmonic Timothy Cobb. After graduation Darryl moved to Washington state to become Principal Bassist of the Spokane Symphony. In 2005, he returned home to Kauai where he teaches music at Kauai High School.