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The Honolulu Jazz Quartet's 20th Anniversary CD "Straight Ahead" will soon be available on CDbaby.com and your favorite streaming accounts (Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.), iTunes and others. Please check back for updates. You may also mail John Kolivas at HJQJazz@gmail.com. For live performances and other announcements, please visit www.facebook.com/honolulujazzquartet

A 20th Anniversary Tribute to the Honolulu Jazz Quartet

  • "The Honolulu Jazz Quartet (HJQ) is one of the state's most popular contemporary jazz bands, and Sounds Of The City is a satisfying document of their straight-ahead style." - Todd Jenkins, DOWNBEAT Magazine

    For more information, call John Kolivas at (808) 383-3909


    E-mail: hjqjazz@gmail.com

    HJQ members belong to the Musicians' Association of Hawaii, Local 677/AFM

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    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"

    HJQ CD at  iTunes


    Dear Live Music Fan,


    The nationally acclaimed Honolulu Jazz Quartet has been thrilling audiences since its formation in 2001. Members John Kolivas on bass, Tim Tsukiyama on saxophones, Dan Del Negro on piano, and Adam Baron on drums present a sound that reflects the diversity of their talents and a broad spectrum of influences and interests. These four musicians have explored the jazz tradition as sidemen with some of the jazz genre's most distinguished artists. The Honolulu Jazz Quartet offers listeners a mix of jazz standards and original compositions that demonstrate the individual and collective virtuosity of its members, as well as their proven dedication
    to the craft of music.


    Bandleader, composer, and bassist John Kolivas is a Hawaii native who has performed on both acoustic and electric bass in a myriad of 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. After high school, Kolivas traveled to New York City to study, 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, and also 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 and Grammy-nominated artist Keali'i Reichel. John Kolivas teaches double bass, electric bass, and jazz improvisation at his alma mater, 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. (photo: Michi Moore)

    Dan Del Negro, piano

    Pianist/composer Dan Del Negro hails from the south side of Chicago, where he worked with jazz icons 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.


    Tim Tsukiyama, saxophonesBerklee 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, and the Hawaiian band Kalapana, among others.

    Von Baron, drummer

    Kansas City native Von Baron began playing drums at age 15. He later studied at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and the 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.

    The Honolulu Jazz Quartet has developed
    a much loved signature sound colored by the influence of jazz forbears such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter as well as innovative techniques and the wide-ranging musical experiences of its members.

    HJQ's debut recording, Sounds of the City, was released nationally in 2004 and
    spent several weeks on JazzWeek's National Jazz Radio Top 50 Chart.
    A second CD, Tenacity, was released in March 2007;
    the most recent recording, Remembrance/Live at the Triple Door
    was released in 2011 to celebrate the groupís 10th anniversary.










    We are thrilled to welcome our jazz friends, Pete and Sylvia Thompson,
    whose NEW gourmet vegan restaurant is in our building!

    Greens and Vines is open for dinner from 5-9 pm.
    On the day of a Studio 909 event, you can show proof of your ticket purchase for a 5% discount on your meal (excluding alcoholic beverages).

    To reserve a table, call 536-9680
    They also have yummy takeout!


    Studio 909 Presents is produced and managed by the Musicians Association of Hawaii - AFM Local 677, in partnership with Live Music Awareness, a registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization based in Honolulu.
    Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.





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