Padilla, Ledward Lead Guided Tour of the World of Jazz


Sat., Dec. 8th Trip Will Make Stops at Great American Songbook, Gypsy Swing, and Miles and Monk

       On December 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., Punahou Music School faculty members Duane Padilla and Shoji Ledward will take audiences through a guided tour of the wonderfully diverse world of jazz. Musical stops on this journey in HPR’s Atherton Studio will include selections from the Great American Songbook, Gypsy Swing, Modal Jazz a la Miles and Monk, and everything in between. The evening also promises to be an “electro-acoustic” tour de force. In addition to the 200-year-old Italian violin and his Macaferri “D hole” gypsy rhythm guitar, Duane will also be playing his latest acquisition, a carbon-graphite 5 string electric fiddle. Not to be outdone, Shoji will be bringing his favorite instruments from his collection to the Atherton, his Selmer style “oval hole" solo gypsy guitar, his classical acoustic quotas, and his ukulele. Both gentlemen will be running these instruments through digital phrase loopers and effects pedals to create a rich musical soundscape that is both respectful of the past and looks towards the future. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. Reservations at 955-8821 during business hours.
       Duane Padilla started life as a classical violinist. After earning music degrees from Northwestern and Yale University, he moved to Honolulu to play with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. After 10 years of accompanying great jazz artists like Rosemary Clooney, Dianna Reeves, Dave Coz, Chris Botti, Bela Fleck, and dozens of other great jazz artists who were featured with the Symphony, Duane decided to explore the world beyond classical music more in depth.
       His adventures into jazz have been met with much success. His gypsy jazz band’s 2010 album, “Django Would Go!” Was named Jazz Album of the Year by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists. His internationally broadcast debut solo jazz violin album “Sentimental Swing” was named one of the Top 40 Jazz Albums of 2011 by South African Association of Jazz Education. In 2012 he was a featured guest speaker on string jazz education at the American String Teachers Association national convention.  Recently he has opened for jazz guitarist giants Martin Taylor and John Jorgensen and performed a Duo Recital with Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco.
       Shoji Ledward has been an integral part of Honolulu’s jazz scene for over 30 years. His professional credits include studio and stage perfomances with Hawaiian musical legends like Kapono Beamer, Don Ho, Melveen Leed, and Alli Manu O'kai as well as international stars like the Smothers Brothers, Fred Trevalena, and Roger Williams. Concert tours have taken him through California,Washington, Tahiti, and Japan. He has served as music director for Tama’s Hua Nanis and the Al Harrington Shows in Waikiki. When he’s not performing, he is often found in the studio performing for radio and television, and occasionally writing music for independent films like “Red Hibiscus” and “Pagan Tatooed Savage” that are featured at the Hawaii International Flim Festival. His first solo album, “Shoji Ledward, Live at the Contemporary Cafe,” was nominated for a Na Hoku Hano Hano award in 1997.