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Honolulu Jazz Quartet personnel:

John Kolivas--  Bassist and group leader, John Kolivas (born in 1961) founded the Honolulu Jazz Quartet in the summer of 2001. Over his 25+ years as a professional bassist, John has had the privilege of performing in Hawaii and New York with jazz luminaries including Larry Coryell, Herb Ellis, Makoto Ozone, Don Grusin, John Clayton, Bud Shank, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Marienthal, Arturo Sandoval, Conrad Herwig, John Pizzarelli, Robin Eubanks, Jimmy Rowles, Tiger Okoshi, George Benson, Grady Tate, Richie Cole, Nestor Torres, Valery Ponomarev, Shelly Berg, Gabe Baltazar, Betty Loo Taylor, and Flip Nunez. He has also backed vocalists including Rosemary Clooney, Lea Salonga, and Wayne Newton. While living in New York City (1982 - 1990), John also performed on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid and Big River, and on tour with The Pirates of Penzance and The Gregory Hines Show. As a bassist with the Honolulu Symphony since 1997, he has accompanied Yo Yo Ma, Denyce Graves, Tan Dun, Andre Watts, and Pinkas Zukerman. Kolivas can also be heard on recordings with Hawaiian slack key guitar masters Keola Beamer, Kapono Beamer and vocalist Keali'i Reichel's Grammy nominated recording, Ke'alaokamaile. John has also taught in jazz clinics in connection with the Hawaii International Jazz Festival with Makoto Ozone, Larry Coryell, and Gabe Baltazar. Currently, John teaches double-bass, electric bass, jazz improvisation, and assists with the orchestras at the prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu. John's instructors on the bass include Rufus Reid, Francois Rabbath, Jeff Bradetich, and Honolulu Symphony bassists Herb Ward, Mike Gorman, and George Wellington.

Tim Tsukiyama--Saxophone. Tim is a local boy who attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has played with the likes of Ray Charles, The Temptations, Cecilio and Kapono, and Kalapana. Tim is also a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Dan Del Negro--Piano. Dan was born on the south side of Chicago and his musical career is steeped in the traditions of that great jazz town. Dan as performed with Herbie Mann, Tiger Okoshi, and Nestor Torres. He also has extensive experience in musical theatre, having performed with touring companies of Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Miss Saigon. Dan is currently performing with Na Leo Pilimehana, and Keahi Conjugacion.

Noel Okimoto - - Born and raised in Honolulu, Noel Okimoto has been playing professionaly since the age of ten. Noel's primary instrument is the drum set, but is also an accomplished orchestral percussionist, vibraphonist, composer and clinician. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Percussion from the University of Hawaii, Noel has played in Hawaii, the USA, and internationally with Freddie Hubbard, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Richie Cole, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank, Barney Kessel, Lew Tabackin, Sadao Watanabe, Wynton Marsalis, Cuber, Makoto Ozone, and Jake Shimabukuro, among others. He was also a member of the Gabe Baltazar Group for five years. He was also the percussion section leader of the historic Royal Hawaiian Band. Okimoto recorded an award winning jazz CD in 2004, entitled 'Ohana, that received a 4-star review in Downbeat magazine and positive reviews in other national and international publications.



Honolulu Jazz Quartet

"The Honolulu Jazz Quartet - through its performances at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the Honolulu Symphony Pops, and jazz venues throughout Hawaii - is ready to be recognized in jazz scenes throughout the world, as is manifestly, invigoratingly evident in 'Sounds of the City' and now 'Tenacity.'"

 - Nat Hentoff, author "Jazz Is", "The Jazz Life", Listen to the Stories", and "American Music Is"













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