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Mānoa Jazz Festival

Info: Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 6:00 pm gates open; 6:30 pm `Iolani School Stage Band; 7:30 pm Hot 8 Brass Band (2 sets); 9:15 pm Hawaii Pacific University Jazz Ensemble; music ends at 10:00 pm • Andrews Amphitheatre • ADVANCE TICKETS: $15 - 25. Tickets also available at the door $20 - $30. • TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE, click on www.etickethawaii.com, visit any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique Downtown or at Ward Centre, UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office, Windward Community College OCET office), or charge by phone at 944-BOWS (-2697); service charges apply. Advance sales end 4 hours and 30 minutes before the performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before gates open. For more information call 956-8246. Patrons are invited to bring low-back chairs and picnics (no glass containers or alcoholic beverages, please). Food by Kevin`s Two Boots and Simply Ono will also be available for purchase. FREE TICKET OFFER: Tickets will be made available to 180 UH Mānoa students. Please check back for details. •

A cool night of hot jazz! The Mānoa Jazz Festival is back by popular demand for its second year in the magnificent outdoor setting of Andrews Amphitheatre. This time, we kick it up a notch with celebrated local and national big bands: the `Iolani School Stage Band, Hawai`i Pacific University Jazz Ensemble, and our headliner, New Orleans` own Hot 8 Brass Band.

Here`s what critics have said about Hot 8:
"First-rate" - The Village Voice
"...one of New Orleans` hottest young street bands..." - San Francisco Chronicle
"...defiant swing..." - The New Yorker

The members of Hot 8 Brass Band were born and raised in New Orleans and many began playing together in high school. Their music is a blend of jazz and funk, infused with the energy of New Orleans street music, especially the second line tradition.

Second line parades are the descendents of the city`s famous jazz funerals, with the "first line" of mourners (family members of the deceased) followed by the second line (a band that marches as it plays and all those attracted to the music). Today the parades, hosted each Sunday afternoon by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, are not tied to any particular event, holiday or commemorations; rather they are generally held for their own sake and to let the good times roll.

Second lines trace their roots back to the 19th century and the fraternal societies and neighborhood organizations that collectively provided insurance and burial services to members, especially among the African American community. The "first line" of a funeral consisted of the people who were an integral part of the ceremony, such as the members of the club or krewe, or family and friends of the deceased. The "second line" originally referred to people who were attracted to the music. Led by a "Grand Marshal," the band played a dirge on the way to the burial site, but on the way back, the music became more joyful and the mourners and the second line, some sporting umbrellas and handkerchiefs, would dance with exuberance.

"Second line" is also the name of a unique dance performed to the beat of New Orleans` traditional jazz. The dance is an evolved version of an old African dance known as the Bambula.

Hot 8 Brass Band performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, world and jazz festivals across the US and Europe, and were featured in the Spike Lee documentary "When the Levees Broke." The Hot 8 has released three critically acclaimed recordings and is featured on the latest Blind Boys of Alabama recording on Time-Life Records.

The Hot 8 Brass Band has been part of an important relief project following Hurricane Katrina called SAVE OUR BRASS!, a local grass-roots project that has brought music and instruments to shelters, temporary trailer parks, and communities across the Gulf Coast.

The `Iolani School Stage Band was established in 1969 under the direction of Mr. Wayne DeMello, and was the first high school ensemble of its kind in the state of Hawai`i. The band performs a wide variety of music styles, ranging from the classic sounds of the big band era to Latin, Funk, and Rhythm and Blues. They have entertained audiences in places such as Australia, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, New Orleans, and at jazz festivals in California, Texas, and Nevada. The `Iolani Stage Band is led by Curtis Abe.

Although still in its formative stages, the Hawai`i Pacific University Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Patrick Hennessey is already making its mark, entertaining audiences at HPU sporting events, as well as at shopping malls and private events for the HPU community. Composed of select musicians from the HPU band program, the ensemble`s repertoire includes everything from the traditional swing of the Count Basie Orchestra to the most current trends in jazz.

Click below to listen to E Flat Blues by HOT 8:

The Mānoa Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by the Hawai`i Tourism Authority, the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Student Activity and Program Fee Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Western State Arts Federation. The Hawai`i tour of Hot 8 Brass Band is presented by the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Outreach College, University of Hawai`i Hilo, and Kahilu Theatre Foundation. The Mānoa Jazz Festival is a University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Arts and Minds event.

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