Honolulu Jazz Quartet @ Studio 909
Bandleader, composer, and bassist John Kolivas is a Hawaii native who has performed on both acoustic and electric bass in a myriad musical situations and with countless jazz luminaries including Larry Coryell, Makoto Ozone, John Pizzarelli, Don Grusin, George Benson, John Clayton, Robin Eubanks and Eric Marienthal. Kolivas studied in New York City and while there gathered valuable experience as the original bassist for the Broadway show The Tap Dance Kid. He later joined the company of Big River, toured with The Pirates of Penzance and The Gregory Hines Show. As a classical player, Kolivas has been a valued member of the Honolulu and Hawaii Symphony bass sections, and is equally at home performing Hawaiian music in concert and on recordings with Hawaiian slack key guitar master Keola Beamer. John teaches double bass, electric bass, and jazz improvisation at Punahou School where he also assists with the orchestras. He has taught clinics as faculty of the Hawaii International Jazz Festival and the Hawaii Contrabass Festival.
Pianist/composer Dan Del Negro hails from the south side of Chicago where he worked with icons including Herbie Mann, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tiger Okoshi, and Nestor Torres, among others. He has extensive experience in musical theater, having performed with touring companies of Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Miss Saigon.
Berklee College of Music alumnus Tim Tsukiyama plays soprano and tenor saxophones in the quartet and is a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band. He has shared the stage with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bunky Green, John Pizzarelli, the Hawaiian band Kalapana, among others.
Kansas City native Adam Baron began playing drums at age 15 and later studied at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music. His professional collaborations include those with Jovino Santos Neto, Shelly Berg, and Carlinhos de Oliveira. Unbeknownst to many, Mr. Baron also holds a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington.
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