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Jazz in the Forest series returns for special Christmas concert

  • Courtesy photo Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones perform.

  • Courtesy photo Jean Pierre Thoma and Jeannine Guillory perform.

Volcano Art Center is pleased to announce the return of Jazz in the Forest.

The popular jazz performance series returns for a special Christmas concert at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 8) at VAC’s Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village and will feature Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones with Jeannine Guillory, playing Christmas favorites and original compositions.

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An acclaimed vocalist in Hawaii, Guillory’s background in jazz, reggae, pop and rhythm and blues lend to a strong versatile sound and energy that gets her audience and peers alike to stand up and applaud her amazing voice and on stage presence. She is a “must see” if you see her name on a billboard.

Guillory has performed at venues throughout Europe, South America and the United States. Stage performances include the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Big Island Jazz Festival. She is a former vocalist with the internationally-known reggae/jazz group Groundation, which continues to tour the globe.

Thoma is a world-traveled professional musician on flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano, with experience throughout America, France, Japan, India and Israel. He has two master’s degrees in music and has been a public and private school teacher, as well as a member of numerous jazz and classical ensembles, such as the Maui and Marin symphonies. Now a music teacher in Hilo at The Pacific Academy of Music and at Kukuau Studio, he lives in Hilo.

Tickets for this special concert are $25 or $20 for VAC members. Ticketholders will be able to purchase beer and/or wine, as well as pupus. Tickets are available at www.volcanoartcenter.org, at VAC’s administration office in Volcano Village and at the VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The last day to purchase tickets online is Friday. After that, tickets will be sold at the gallery and at the door if they are not sold out. Tickets will be held at will call the day of the show or you may pick them up from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the administration office any day before the show.

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The Ni‘aulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.

For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.