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Blue Note Hawaii Presemts Island Breeze (Shima no Kaze) Featuring Kenny Endo, Jeff Peterson & Riley Lee

2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)



Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. Recent tours have featured Jeff in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Singapore, Japan, China, India, Colombia, Brazil, Cambodia and across the US.  He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with five Na H?k? Hanohano Awards in Hawaii. ?His solo CD Maui on My Mind was won the first ever Slack Key Album of the Year award and received a Grammy Nomination.  His latest release O’ahu celebrates the beauty of the island of O’ahu and his family heritage.  It is nominated for three Na H?k? Hanohano Awards in 2016. Five of his songs including Hawaiian Skies were featured in the film The Descendants starring George Clooney.


Kenny Endo is a recognized leader in the American taiko community both for his deep connection to traditions in Japan as well as his drive to use tradition as a foundation for innovation. From an early age, he studied drumming, particularly jazz and rock. He first experienced taiko in the early 70s, and joined Kinnara Taiko, and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo before embarking on a decade long odyssey to study with the masters in Japan. He became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (stage name and master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming. He was a professional member of the famed O Edo Sukeroku Taiko, has an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii, and formed the Taiko Center of the Pacific in 1994 with his wife, Chizuko.


Riley Lee began playing shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in Japan in 1971, studying with Chikuho Sakai until 1980, and has been a student of Katsuya Yokoyama since 1984. He was given the rank of Dai Shihan (grand master) in 1980. He has been instrumental in creating a professional presence of traditional Japanese music in Australia and has made over fifty commercially released recordings since 1980. Riley was the first non-Japanese to play taiko professionally, touring internationally with Ondekoza (now called Kodo). In 1995, he co-founded with Ian Cleworth, Australia's dynamic Japanese festival drum group, TaikOz which has since become one of Australia's premier performance groups, acclaimed both at home and in Japan.

Earlier Event: September 4
Nico's Pier 38 Presents 20 Degrees North
Later Event: September 6
Chart House Waikiki Presents Kumuhau
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