Annual Kona Jazz Experience is Jan. 12

Aloha Theatre in Kealakekua hosts the eighth annual Kona Jazz Experience at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

This year’s experience once again brings together acclaimed jazz artists to perform a combination of jazz, soul, tango and reggae to tempt audience members’ earbuds.


Kona Jazz Experience also is proud to debut original music by jazz composer Ann Hoku Lyn.

This year’s show will feature Lyn on trumpet, Russ McKinnon on drums, Matt Spencer on bass, Loren Wilken playing piano, Truth Musiq on guitar and harmonica, Binti Bailey and Jeannine Guillory on vocals and Amanda Trusty, who will tap dance.

The opening set will be by the Big Island Music Academy All-Star Jazz Band and special guests. The Big Island Music Academy teaches students ages 10 and older how to play a variety of instruments including bass, guitar, drums, ukulele, congas, piano, trumpet, flute, saxophone, trombone and vocals. It provides music instruction tailored to each student’s unique strengths and goals.


All proceeds from this year’s show will benefit the nonprofit Aloha Theatre.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for those 18 and younger and can be purchased at

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