Hawaii Intl Jazz Festival slated to swing this spring

HONOLULU -- The Hawaii International Jazz Festival added a spring season to its schedule, according to Abe Weinstein, founder and president.

The concerts will take place on April 1 and 2. The festival, now in its 12th year, formerly was held once a year, in July.

The venue for the April 1 show will be the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa. The concert will be followed by a jam session in the hotels lounge. The April 2 show will be at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Among the artists scheduled to perform are Jessica Williams, Gabe Baltazar, Jimmy Borges, David Choy, Keahi Conjugacion, Owana Salazar, Ginai, John Kolivas and Dan Del Negro.

The Summertime Oahu Festival will be held on July 29 and 30 and will include tributes to Ray Charles and Artie Shaw.

Last years festival carried the theme, Swingtime in Hawaii, recalling the 1940s when artists such as Shaw came to Hawaii to perform. The April show will be headlined, Swingtime in Hawaii, Part II.

For more on the festival, visit www.hawaiijazz.com. To purchase¬† tickets, call (808) 941-9974 or e-mail [email protected].

To contact reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].

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