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Dean Taba & Noel Okimoto

Info: Apr 27, 2017 • Thu • 6:30-7:30pm • Kailua Public Library • Free • Email csinfo@hawaii.edu for more information.

Dean Taba & Noel Okimoto

Jazz Styles and Improvisation Techniques, A selection of songs from the greats throughout the age of jazz presented in a Jazz Duo format. Dean and Noel, master musicians, demonstrate one song in each of the following Jazz styles; the blues, early swing, New Orleans style, be-bop, Latin, and Fusion. They will also give an overview of what musicians are doing when improvising a solo or accompaniment.

Dean is a highly regarded studio and freelance musician. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played french horn in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. It was a desire to play in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After extensive studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a refinement of his skills on both the acoustic and electric bass, Dean relocated in 1984 to Los Angeles to become one of its most in demand musicians.

Noel was born and raised in Honolulu and has been playing professionally since the age of ten. Noel`s primary instrument is the drum set, but he is also an accomplished orchestral percussionist, vibraphonist, composer and clinician. Noel has played in Hawaii, the mainland USA, and internationally with Freddie Hubbard, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, David Benoit, Henry Mancini, Steve Allen, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Dionne Warwick, and Jake Shimabukuro, among others. He was also a member of the Gabe Baltazar Group for five years and is the percussion section leader of the historic Royal Hawaiian Band.

Sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

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