blue note hawaii

Guitar monster Tommy Emmanuel is playing Honolulu Thursday through Sunday at the Blue Note, and then on the Valley Isle Monday at the MACC, touring to support his latest release, Live at the Ryman.

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is wrapping up two days at the Blue Note this evening with shows at 6 and 9 p.m., his debut live performances in the Aloha State. The Grammy Award winner spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his visit to Honolulu, roots in music going back to his childhood, and some of the unusual musical connections this Chicago artist has had over the course of his career.


Al Di Meola has returned to Honolulu for the first time in three decades to perform live. Regarded as among the most technically proficient and innovative guitarists, he's at the Blue Note through Saturday with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Eric Hutchinson joined us in the Atherton studio to share his song "Dear Me." Eric is playing at the Blue Note in Waikiki August 31 thru September 2 2017.


The Rippingtons

Jul 28, 2017

The Rippingtons were in town for a few nights at the Blue Note Hawaii. they stopped by the HPR studios to share some tunes with us.

The songs featured in this performance are... in order:
North Star

The Rippingtons are:
Russ Freeman, Guitar
Brandon Fields, Sax
Dave Karasony, Drums
Rico Belled, Bass
Bill Heller, Keys

Next week area music fans have an unusual chance at a brush with greatness: Regina Belle is looking for a singing partner to join her onstage August 3 - 5 at Blue Note Hawaii shows.

Living Colour burst into the public consciousness in the late 1980's with their massive radio hit, Cult of Personality. Through this evening at the Blue Note in Waikiki, they're in Honolulu for their debut performances in the Aloha State.

Jim Mina
Jim Mina

For the last 16 years The New Mastersounds have developed unique blend of Jazz, Soul and Boogaloo. Formed in Leeds in the late 90’s by drummer Simon Allen and guitarist Eddie Roberts, the duo eventually added bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton. 

Black Uhuru formed in the early 1970's in Jamaica and went on to be one of roots reggae's most successful acts, even earning the first Grammy Award for reggae. After decades away from the Aloha State, the band are back in Honolulu, performing a second night at the Blue Note Hawai'i this evening with shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Legendary South African family chorus group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are in Honolulu through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii performing at 6:30 & 9 p.m. each night.

The Devon Allman Band performs at the Blue Note tonight for 6:30 and 9 p.m. shows. One of the sons of Gregg Allman, he didn't meet his famous father until he was a teenager, and has himself become a formidable guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist.

Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr

Comedian, television personality, Roseanne Barr has been living on Hawai‘i island for the last eight years.  She and her family recently opened a store, Honoka‘a Country Market, selling locally raised Andrade beef and soon, her own nuts, pineapples, and produce.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa caught up with Roseanne ahead of her stand up shows at the Blue Note, Saturday and Sunday.

Jake Shimabukuro is back in the islands through Wednesday at the Blue Note Hawaii. His shows feature cellist Josh Nakazawa of the  Hawaii Symphony Orchestra joining him for several numbers.

Simon Phillips is among the most talented drummers alive, and his resume is as impressive as his playing: The Who, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Toto, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger and Gary Moore are just some of the many names in his roster of experiences, which also includes roles as producer and engineer.

Steve Kimock and Friends play March 23 and 24 at the Blue Note Hawaii and March 25 at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His resume is unusual, in that he's had the chance to perform or work with many of the heavy names associated with the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh.

Spark! Hiromi

Mar 15, 2017

Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.

Guitarist Earl Klugh has a significant fan base in the Aloha State; in fact, Hawaii ranks among his strongest markets for music sales.

Marc Cohn is in Honolulu thru Saturday performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The artist, best known for his massive hit Walking in Memphis, recently released Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, a collection of demos and related material from prior to his first album.

Kyle Eastwood is in town for performances with his band in Honolulu. Son of longtime jazz fan Clint Eastwood, the bassist has had a string of successful jazz albums and had his music in a number of his father's films.

Pacific Harp Project
Pacific Harp Project

A local group is attempting a new way to bridge the gap between the classical and the modern.  Pacific Harp Project combines the traditional repertoire of the harp with the improvisational nature of jazz.

The Yardbirds are back in the state for a three-night run at the Blue Note in Waikiki starting Friday. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were all guitarists for the band that were groundbreaking in their approach of mixing American blues with rocking improvisations, including climaxes that came to be known as "rave ups." Original member/drummer Jim McCarty spoke with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

In the early 90’s a series of bands began a revival of the swing music of the 1920’s. Horn sections, zoot suits, and martinis we’re suddenly back in style, being championed by bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Royal Crown Review and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Of those, the later became one of the most visible… incorporating the sound and style of the time.  

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band

For almost 40 years the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has introduced the sound of New Orleans to the world.  This week they return to Hawai‘i for a two island tour.

Originally founded in 1977, the band’s reputation of incorporating different music styles from jazz, to funk, to pop music has distanced them from traditional New Orleans 2nd line brass music.  But the change has also allowed them to be embraced by a larger audience, in turn allowing them to popularize the sound and tradition of New Orleans music.

After nearly four decades, the Average White Band has returned to the Aloha State. The funk group that originally hailed from Scotland broke into the funk/R&B scene in the early 1970's, making a name for themselves with tight grooves and memorable dance floor anthems.


A dreamy sounding Los Angeles R&B group is making its Hawai‘i debut at the Blue Note.  KING produces music that pays tribute to classic R&B, yet ventures into an electronic direction.

The trio composed of Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother has been called one of the best underground acts to come out of the LA music scene.  They, like many band discoveries these days were found on the internet with their songs being picked up and hyped by artists like Prince, Erykah Badu and DJ/drummer Questlove?

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

A local artist is mixing the blues of Jimi Hendrix with the soul of Bill Withers.

Ron Artis II and his band “The Truth” are introducing a debut EP called “Little People” before starting a series of concerts across the islands.

Artis grew up alongside his 10 brothers and sisters performing for tourists who wandered into his family’s whimsically decorated home on O‘ahu’s north shore. Their father, Ron was best known for more than 900 murals around Hawaii.

Gifted vocalist Lisa Fischer took time for a conversation while in town for a run of dates through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i. She spoke about her childhood, work with the late Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones and more during a conversation with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.


Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan took time to visit HPR's All Things Considered for an interview/performance session in Atherton Performing Arts Studio during his week of shows at the Blue Note Hawai'i. He spoke with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence about a wide range of topics, including his unusual guitar style and interest in music therapy.

The Conversation: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016
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Family Tension Over Vaccines; Filipino Renaissance Man: Martin Nievera; Nani Hale Strike; Jazz Guitar Legend Stanley Jordan

Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

John Brothers Piano Company
John Brothers Piano Company


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