Jazz in the Forest | February 2018



The 2018 Jazz in the Forest series continues with two performances (4:30pm & 7:00pm) on Saturday, February 10th with FUEGO! and Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones.

Fuego! Inspired by the exciting Latin sounds of South America, features lots of percussion with trumpet & sax/flute rhythms. Fuego is led by bassist Matt Spencer. Enjoy vocals, percussion, rhythm, trumpet, flute and sax to thrill both listeners and dancers with unusual arrangements of classic and lesser known compositions.  Featuring music made popular by Santana, Tjader, Puente, Cugat, and many others.

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, February 9th. 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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