The 2017 Jazz in the Forest series kicks off with two performances (4:30pm & 7:30pm) on Saturday, March 11, and will feature Jean Pierre Thoma & the Jazztones. The Jazz in the Forest concert series offers an extraordinary opportunity to hear the highest caliber jazz – anywhere – up close and personal.
Matt Spencer of the Jazztones is a long time professional musician and multi instrumentalist. He has been honing his craft as an artist for almost 30 years.
Having studied jazz at the renown University of North Texas, he has enjoyed a dynamic career as a musician. Matt has been primarily a freelance musician, touring, recording and writing music with many different groups in many different styles. Playing bass, guitar and percussion, he can cover a wide range of musical vocabulary. From jazz to African, Brazilian to funk, and salsa to spiritual.
Matt led his own 10 piece salsa band, was Musical Director for Cleo Parker Robinson dance company, toured with the Motet, Tony Furtado, and Kyle Hollingsworth, worked as a studio musician in LA, worked as a dance accompanist for many premier dance schools around the country.
Matt integrates the consciousness of spiritual awareness into the technique and knowledge of the art of music.
The Wine and Beer Room will be open for attendees to enjoy before and after the concert. And as usual, an area has been set aside for dancing, so you don’t have to stay in your seat when the band starts to swing and you’re moved to your feet.
Tickets for the matinee show are are $18 for VAC members ($20 non-members) & for the evening show are $20 for VAC members ($25 non-members)! Ticket holders will be able to purchase food from Ohelo Cafe, Volcano Red Ale and Mauna Kea Pale Ale from Mehana Brewing Company as well as wine before each performance.
Tickets are available for sale online (click here), at Volcano Art Centers’s Administration Office in Volcano Village and VAC Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The last day to purchase tickets online or at VAC Gallery is Friday, March 10. After that, tickets will be sold at the door if they are not sold out. Tickets will be held at Will Call on the day of the show. OR, you may pick them up any day before the show at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.