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Saturday, January 11, 2020


Jazz Maui presents “A Musical Tribute to Emil Richards” on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at The Altitude Deck, 650 Lipoa Parkway, Rooftop at Kihei Charter School, Kihei from 6-9pm. Tickets are $15 for this limited seating event and may be purchased online at Proceeds benefit Jazz Maui’s music education programs in which Richards participated, teaching workshops and youth clinics.


Emil Richards (September 2, 1932 - December 14, 2019) was an American vibraphonist and percussionist who was recorded on more than 1,350 film scores and performed and recorded with more than 650 artists. His work can be heard on famous television show themes such as the finger snaps on “The Addams Family”, bongos on “Mission Impossible”, vibes on “The Flintstones”, and xylophone on “The Simpsons” opening tune.  He worked with a wide variety of musical stars such as Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Stan Kenton, Ella Fritzgerald, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Glen Campbell, Luciano Pavarotti and many more.


Richards was a part time Maui resident and a regular at Blackie’s Bar in Lahaina from 1982 to 1995. “A Musical Tribute to Emil Richards”, hosted by Kathy Collins, features a memorial tribute led by Sara Gadarian, former proprietor of Blackie’s Bar. The event showcases members of the original “Jazz at Blackie’s” band who played with Richards including: Paul Marchetti, drums; Sal Godinez, keyboards and vocals; John Zangrando, saxophone; Danny M, bass; Estaire Godinez, vocals and Latin percussion; Gene Argel, keyboards; and, Marcus Johnson, bass.


Also performing at the tribute are members of the Jazz Maui Players: percussionist Peter Dela Croce; Jazz guitarist Prem Brosio, bassist Danny M; trumpeter Jake Thomas; Saxophonist Joie Yasha; clarinetist Michael Guzalak; and, vocalists Tanama Calibri and Shea Derrick.


Jazz Maui is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for participation in high quality jazz music education and performances. “A Tribute to Emil Richards” is supported by Manao Radio, South Maui Learning Ohana, and Sara Gadarian.


For tickets visit For more information, call Bryant Neal at (808) 283-3576.



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