Jazz in the Forest | April 2018



The 2018 Jazz in the Forest series continues with two performances (4:30pm & 7:00pm) this Saturday, April 14th with a celebration of the creative gifts of trumpet icon Miles Davis, and the different chapters of his amazing productivity which did so much to add to the history of American jazz music.

The Jazztones will feature pianist Loren Wilken, trumpet master and vocalist Andrea Lindborg, Jean Pierre Thoma on winds, Matt Spencer on bass – both electric and acoustic – and percussionist Noa Eads. Davis’ compositions extend from the 40’s with classics such as “Four” and “Round Midnight,” to the 80’s when Miles followed – or led – more pop oriented styles. He was a leader in most of the styles he chose.

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 both shows are $18 for VAC members ($20 non-members)!

OR Click the button below to purchase tickets online*!


*The last day to purchase tickets online is Friday, April 13th. After that, tickets may be purchased at VAC Gallery or at the door on the day of the show.

About the Musicians

Jean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled professional musician on flute, saxophone  clarinet and piano, with experience  throughout  America, France, Japan, India, and Israel. Holds 2 masters degrees in music, and has been a public and private school teacher as well as member of numerous jazz and classical ensembles, such as the Maui and Marin Symphonies.  Leader of “The Jazztones” : “Raga Jazz” (with Sarangi, synth guitar & bass):  member of “Royal Kona Harp Ensemble” (3 harps w/ 2 flutes & winds): “Volcano Trio” (2 flutes & piano): performer at Holy Cross Church in choir & as instrumentalist; and pianist at restaurants, and charity performances at Hospice and Life Care Centers. Now a music teacher in Hilo at The Pacific Academy of Music, and the Kukuau Studio, he happily lives in Hilo, Hawaii.

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