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THE REVIEWS ARE IN! Mardi Gras Madness was a hit!!

Musical Notes editor/writer Jim Rugglirello gave us a lovely write up after attending the show “Mardi Gras Madness” with the Long Beach Symphony featuring Matt Catingub, Steven Moretti, and myself your Black Pearl of the Pacific! In the review he wrote, “And then there's Ginai. It's considered off limits these days to comment on a female performer's appearance or attire, so I won't...

Mardi Gras Madness, Long Beach Symphony Pops, feat Ginai

“Thanks For The Memories” The Music of Natalie Cole

Debut of Native Pearls, Blue Note!

Welcome to The Rock Lounge

I am sure the genre has already been created, but I’m calling it a first for me. “The Rock Lounge.” Since Jazz has been made a ‘dirty word’ I have had to switch gears yet again. Thanks to corporate radio all a person gets to hear are rehashed oldies and a very limited playlist of 3-chord-no-brainers. All new music can be played on ukulele and that is saying something not-so-complimentary. I...

Happy New Year

Happy 2019 and I hope you had a introspective changing of the year as I certainly have. This year will mark a milestone. I will be 60. A wee bit older and definitely a lot wiser. I had a pretty interesting year, 2018, where I slaved to keep myself in the limelight to prove what again? I do not know. To prove I still had it, I guess. What I needed to learn was that I always ‘had it’ and didn’t...

Aloha Whitney Houston, One of a kind!

The anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death is coming up on Feb 12th. On the 7th, Mike Lewis and I are producing a show of her music featuring myself along with a few fresh faces at the Blue Note in Waikiki. I will be using my many years of performance savvy and vocal ability to bring as much of her depth and emotion to her countless hits and masterful recordings. She was iconic not only...

A tribute to Al Jarreau by Mike Lewis & Friends

Al Jarreau was an iconic jazz vocalese artist who crossed over into pop music, getting major exposure through airplay and record industry support in the 0's and 80's. Those were the days! He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent, combining crooning with scatting adding percussive sounds into the mix and voila! The vocal achievements of Al Jarreau! He had an international appeal, mostly in part to...

Summers are for Sizzling

My world is pretty hot! How about yours? Heating up more than a little? You would think, that after a solid forty years of showing out in this town and beyond, that I would be cooked by now! But to that I loudly exclaim, "No way!" I am still frying up a little 'sumthin-sumthin' with no signs of shriveling up in the blazing hot sun. My latest solar flare is at the Blue Note Hawaii, former home...

There is so much to catch up with you about!

Even after 40-plus years of performing, writing, recording, and producing, I have so much "music in me" (Kiki Dee, 1970's). If you look at my schedule, you will see that I am actively involved with Stage Restaurant in the Honolulu Design Center on Kapiolani. If you miss tonight's performance side by side with some of my amazing musician/singer friends (Patrick Von Wiegandt, Pierre Grill, Duane...