Trombonist Conrad Herwig to perform with the Honolulu Jazz Quartet


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Grammy Nominated Trombonist Conrad Herwig in “Reunion” Concert with the Honolulu Jazz Quartet

Former Hawaii resident and two time Grammy nominee, trombonist Conrad Herwig will perform a concert with his high school jazz band-mate, bassist John Kolivas and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet at the Honolulu Academy of Arts’ Doris Duke Theatre on May 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general public and $23 for Academy of Arts members. Phone (808) 383-3909

This will be Mr. Herwig’s first visit back to Hawaii since his graduation from Punahou School in the 70s. After high school, he attended the prestigious North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) where he majored in jazz performance.

Mr. Herwig began his professional career in 1980 with the Clark Terry Big Band and later joined the Buddy Rich Orchestra for tours of the US and Europe. After locating permanently in New York he performed with Slide Hampton's World of Trombones and Mario Bauza's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Henry Threadgill, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra.

Herwig has recorded 16 albums as a leader. His new CD release is “Another Kind of Blue-The Latin Side of Miles Davis" on Half Note Records, which was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award. This is the follow-up project to the 1998 Grammy- nominated CD, “The Latin Side of John Coltrane".

“In the Punahou Stage Band, it was either a trombone or bass solo on every tune!” recalled Herwig when he and Kolivas met two years ago at Jamey Aebersold’s Jazz Camp in Indiana. “Conrad was already great in high school. We had a wonderful time playing together then. He’s also responsible for hooking me up with saxophonist David Choy and his brother, trumpeter Delano Jr.,” said Kolivas. Kolivas and the Choy brothers formed the jazz-fusion group “Wave” in high school. “When I saw Conrad at the Aebersold camp, he told me to try and set up something in Hawaii so we can work together. It’s finally happened!”

The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, made up of Kolivas on bass, Tim Tsukiyama on sax, Dan Del Negro on piano and Adam Baron on drums, was formed in 2001. The HJQ’s CD “Sounds of the City” was released last year to critical acclaim and is one of the few jazz CDs from Hawaii to make it onto the JazzWeek Top 50 National Jazz Radio Chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. Kolivas’ tune “Heater’s On” was No. 7 on the top 100 most requested tunes on jazz radio WRTI in Philadelphia in 2004.

“When Conrad solos,” said Kolivas, “he puts so much energy and emotion into it that he seems totally exhausted at the end of the solo. It’s going to be inspirational working with him.”

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