Jazz at The Shops
Featuring Gene Argel & John Zangrando
5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: East wing near lululemon
Whether on piano, keyboards or his beloved Hammond B-3 electronic organ, jazz artist Gene Argel demonstrates his passion for music. A Tacoma native, Gene studied piano and composition at the University of Puget Sound, and played in various clubs and venues in Seattle while completing his degree. Before long, Gene left the Pacific Northwest to perform in various big cities like Denver, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. In 1980, Gene moved to Honolulu to play for the Dick Jensen show, with saxophone player Gabe Baltazar at the Cavalier jazz club, and with trumpeter Joe Burnett ("Joe B") at Valentino's. By 1982, Gene made Maui his home where he earned a living playing jazz and accompanying visiting recording stars such as Branford Marsalis, Emil Richards, George Benson, Bill Perkins and Steve Gadd, as well as fellow islanders Gabe Baltazar and Henry Allen.
Quite a master of wind instruments, John Zangrando is versatile on the saxophone as well as on the flute, piccolo, and electronic woodwind synthesizer. Growing up in New York, John Zangrando received his early training at Jazzmobile in Harlem with several jazz notables. He collaborated with jazz artists, playing in recording studios and even in national jingles. He was musical director, saxophonist and flutist for jazz singer Jon Hendricks for his Hawaii tour, played in a quartet led by Joe Morello & Eugene Wright, and was bandleader at the legendary Denver jazz club, El Chapultapec. Over the years, he has played alongside music stars such as George Benson, John Mayall, Michael McDonald, Bill Champlain, Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, and the Fifth Dimension. He has also performed with jazz greats such as Dr. Lonnie Smith and Art Lande Jr. It was in 1980, when he was invited to perform on Maui, that he was captivated by the island’s charm. John currently resides on Maui and enjoys playing music with some of the fine musicians living here as well as great musicians visiting from all over the world.