Grammy, Hoku Winners Headline Resort’s Jazz, Blues Fest

Turtle Bay Resort will groove to the sound of golden saxophones and gleaming trumpets Nov. 20-23 at its inaugural Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival, culminating in a star-powered concert from 5 to 9 p.m.

Nov. 22 on the North Shore resort’s main lawn.

Grammy winners Les McCann, Skip Martin and John Cruz will perform, as well as The Iguanas!, “Big Chief” Donald Harrison and Javon Jackson. Na Hoku Hanohano winners Paula Fuga, Benny Uyetake and Brother Noland will join them on stage.

“These legendary artists each have made their mark on jazz and blues music,” said resort general manager Danna Holck, “and having them all together at Turtle Bay for the first time is an honor.”

Other events in the four-day festival include a kickoff at Surfer, The Bar at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, a VIP jazz dinner at North Shore Kula Grille from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 and a jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 23.

Concert tickets cost $40, with food and drinks for sale, with VIP table seating available. Fans are welcome to bring low-style beach chairs and blankets for comfortable seating. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 293-6000.