Black Pearl ensemble

Neo-Soul - Old Skool R&B Groove

Meet Black Pearl Ensemble, a lively music group from Oahu, Hawaii. They're all about mixing Neo soul, 70's funk, jazz, dub and sexy psychedelia. They came together during the Black Pearl Studio sessions, creating a space where each member adds their own style.

At the core of this group is the collaboration of Kona Askari, guitarist, engineer, producer and owner of Black Pearl Studios and composer, multi-instrumentalist Thomas Mackay.  They've been making music together for almost a decade and are the driving force behind Black Pearl Ensemble sound.

To complete the band, they brought in two expressive musicians from Oahu. Ernie Provencher, a bassist with a diverse background, adds depth and groove. Drummer Cristian Pangaribaun, originally from Guam via Colorado, brings his own rhythmic style.

Together, Black Pearl Ensemble creates a captivating blend of sounds and takes you on a musical journey. Their performances are a groovy adventure that shows the power of collaboration and the universal language of music.

 

Black Pearl Ensemble Neo Soul / R & B Groove

Black Pearl Ensemble

Included in the Album are samples of Black Pearl Ensemble (Neo Soul, R & B Groove) All Tracks are original music composed and arranged by Black Pearl Ensemble.

Instrumentation is:

Keyboards Guitar Bass Drums

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VIBRA CUBANA!

Latin Jazz / Hawaiian Jazz

The Vibra Cubana story:

Vibra Cubana was formed in 2013 by vibraphonist Thomas Mackay whom at the time was residing in Oregon. The focus of this group was to explore the world of Latin Jazz namely Cal Tjader and Dave Samuels. In 2014 while on a brief tour visiting and playing on Oahu he met Harold Chang at Harry’s drum shop and was exposed to the great Hawaiian vibraphonist Arthur Lyman as he and Harold talked for a few hours. Harold gave Mackay a CD of “Leis of Jazz” and that was it! He asked Harold if there was anyone that was bringing back the legacy of Arthur’s music and from that conversation forward, Mackay and his wife moved to Honolulu to reimagine the music of Arthur Lyman. Once Vibra Cubana! landed in Hawai'i Mackay quickly rallied the best musicians that Honolulu had to offer and in 2015 to 2016 Vibra Cubana! held down a monthly residency at Medici’s in Manoa. During that time period, Vibra Cubana featured the likes of Tommy James, Gerardo Velez, Alika Lyman, Von Baron, Ethan Capone, Bobo Butires, and Lopaka Colon. In 2017 Vibra Cubana! became a weekly fixture at the historic La Mariana tiki bar that allowed Mackay to transcribe and dive more heavily into the world of Les Baxter, Martin Denny and the sound of Exotica, while keeping sight on the exotic sound of Lyman. Also at this time Mackay enlisted Bassist Ernie Provencher and, along with Lopaka Colon, Vibra Cubana! molded exotica into a new sound and recorded their debut album “IntoxiKA” in 2019; the album was nominated for "Best Instrumental Album of the Year" at the 2020 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Since that recording Mackay, Colon and Provencher decided to change the name of the exotica trio to “IntoxiKA. Mr. Mackay kept the name Vibra Cubana! as his original focus on “latin jazz” and in 2019 recorded a live performance from HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio - “Tribute to Cal Tjader”; this recording was nominated for “Best Jazz Album of the Year" at the 2021 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Vibra Cubana! continues to keep the music of Arthur Lyman and Cal Tjader alive and well.

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Santa's Jazzland featuring The Thomas Mackay Project

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The Walk In Lounge, 40 North Hotel Street, Honolulu

Join us for an unforgettable evening of jazz and holiday cheer at The Secret Santa Christmas Bar located in The Walkin Lounge! Featuring the Thomas Mackay Project, Santa's Jazzland is the perfect event to get you in the festive spirit. Get ready to tap your feet to the smooth sounds of jazz music while enjoying the company of friends and family. This event promises an enchanting atmosphere with twinkling lights, jazzy tunes, sweet and savory bites, and cozy holiday cocktails. Each ticket includes a shareable Christmas bites and a festive libation. Don't miss out on this magical night of music and merriment at Santa's Jazzland!

$40.00 pre-sale and at door (Christmas bites and libation). $15.00 at the door, music charge.

Black Pearl Ensemble featuring DJ Leanski and Lady Patrice - Live at Nextdoor

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Next Door, 43 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817

We'd like to introduce Black Pearl Ensemble, a member of our Unicorn Productions 808 roster of musicians. Black Pearl Ensemble is all about mixing Neo soul, 70's funk, jazz, and sexy psychedelia. Black Pearl Ensemble came together during a few of Black Pearl Studio's recording sessions and started creating their brand of neo soul, where each member adds their own style. With the addition of DJ Leanski and Lady Patrice, this group is worth experiencing. Come experience the sexy, luxurious sounds of Black Pearl Ensesmble.

$10.00 cover through Eventbrite Age 21 and over.

T.M.P (The Mackay Project) LIVE at Honolulu Beerworks

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Honolulu Beerworks, 328 Cooke St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Electric Jazz with T.M.P. (The Mackay Project) - LIVE at Honolulu Beerworks

Unicorn Productions 808 presents an electrifying evening of original jazz with T.M.P. (The Mackay Project) at Honolulu Beerworks! Get ready to groove to their captivating tunes and experience the magic of live music.

Check out the awesome menu here: https://www.honolulubeerworks.com/pages/menu

This in-person event will be held at Honolulu Beerworks, located on Cooke Street in Honolulu, HI, USA. Music starts at 630PM

Aug6

Kicks Band Jazz Festival

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Gooseberry Mounds Park, 100 22nd Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560

Kicks Band Jazz Festival featuring six performing groups with ties to the FM area. Performances from 1200PM to 500PM. Thomas is the featured artist and will be premiering one of his original compositions with the Kicks Big Band. In addition, Thomas will perform a 45 minute jazz trio set featuring drummer Matthew Tinjum, and bassist Max Johnk.

Jazz in The Gallery - July 20, 2023 - The Jim Guss and Rachel Gonzalez Duo

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Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani Street, Kailua, HI

The Jim Guss - Rachel Gonzales Duo- Back by Popular Demand!

Our July show will be a real treat! Join us for an eclectic evening of jazz flavored musical excursions featuring Jim Guss - Guitar, Rachel Gonzales - Vocals Guitarist - Composer Jim Guss grew up in Honolulu, attended the Berklee College of Music, and spent a number of years performing in mainland Jazz scenes from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. He played numerous jazz festivals and club dates before returning to Honolulu in 2018. Since then Jim has played on the local scene, leading his own ensembles, as well as accompanying many of Honolulu's best musicians. Vocalist - Rachel Gonzales is one of Honolulu's leading vocalists. Whether in intimate lounge settings or fronting a big band at the Blue Note, Rachel interprets the Great American Songbook and classic jazz repertoire in a style that's all her own.

We are looking forward to bringing you another evening of stellar jazz, exquisite food and wines.

Jazz in The Gallery was recently referred to as "The Eastside Blue Note", and we do our best to live up to that standard!

Please contact Wes at Formaggio Grill to make your reservations 808.254.8888. Limited seating. $ 15.00 per person music charge added to your dining receipt.

TEXT 808-254-8888 EMAIL wes@formaggiokailua.com

See you soon!

$ 15.00 music charge per person added to dining receipt

Jazz in The Gallery - June 15, 2023

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Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani Street, Kailua, HI

ELLIOTT LEVIN - June 15, 2023

Unicorn Productions 808, LLC and Jazz in The Gallery are pleased to present Elliott Levin from Philadelphia, PA. Presenting his original compositions & performances through flutes, saxophones, words. Elliott is a legend in the jazz scene and we are honored to have him as our guest artist for our June 2023 Jazz in The Gallery show. Make reservations soon! This show will sell out.

Born and based in Phila., Pa. pursuing early studies with Michael Guerra (legendary saxist/clarinetist of Phila. Orchestra under Stokowski); and composer/flutist Claire Polin (collaborator with flute innovator William Kincaid). Studied music and creative writing at the U. of Oregon. Later studies with masters- pianist/improvisor/composer Cecil Taylor; and later with saxophonist/improviser/composer Odean Pope- led to long time relationships of performing and recording with their ensembles.

A member of many groups in Phila/NYC area over the past 30 years (since the early '70's), he has continued to work with his own ensembles as well including INTERPLAY Ensemble, NEW GHOST, The PHILADELPHIA PHENOMENA to name a few...(collaborating with artists such as Rick Iannacone, Ed Watkins, Ron Howerton, Keno Speller, Marshall Allen, Tyrone Hill, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and many others).

RECORDINGS include:

OLDUVAI- "Baubo" on Tiwa Records (original poetry & music).

ILTAR- "Iltar" on Tiwa Records (original poetry & music).

THE MOTION OF EMOTION; SOUL-ETUDE; A FINE INTENSITY; OPPORTUNITIES & ADVANTAGES ("ON IN ON-ON-DAGA!")- on CIMP Recordings (as a leader).

THE LIGHT OF CORONA; also- ALMEDA- on FMP (w/ Cecil Taylor Ensemble)...

THE SOUND VISION ORCHESTRA- on Eremite (w/ Alan Silva).

ODEAN POPE'S SAXOPHONE CHOIR- "Locked & Loaded"(w/Michael Brecker; James Carter, & Joe Lovano)

LEVIN/CARTER/BALGOCHIAN/KRALL/SHURDUT Ensemble; a solo Poetry & Music CD

Bobby Zankel's WARRIORS OF THE WONDERFUL SOUND-"Ceremonies Of Forgiveness".

SECRET VOICES "No Time For Silence" (1KRecordings) w/ Ursula Rucker, Rich Medina, etc. (International poetry & music compilation).

NEW GHOST -"Live Upstairs @ Nick's" on ESP (original poetry & music).

INTERPLAY- "Apology to the Atonists/Tritone Suite)" on Porter Re3cords (original poetry & music)

SEESAW ENSEMBLE- "Elliott Levin Meets the Seesaw Ensemble" on Porter Records (original poetry & Music).

His book of poetry "does it swing...?" is published by Heat Press (LA).

for more info:
www.elliottlevin.com

contact: elliottlevin01@yahoo.com

Jazz in The Gallery - May 18, 2023

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Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani Street, Kailua, HI

AARON ARANITA - Our May 2023 show will feature the music of Aaron Aranita. Aaron Aranita is a woodwind player and pianist-composer/ arranger who has been performing for 40+ years. He has produced and recorded 10 albums for the past 30 years on his own label - Sugartown Records. Aaron has close to two hundred compositions in many styles from jazz, classical and contemporary styles with recordings with Big Band arrangements to vocals of all original music. His most recent album, Connections featuring the band Eastbound was nominated for a Grammy 2022.
Featuring Thomas Mackay on vibes. Ernie Provencher on bass and Cris Pangaribuan on drums. This is a not to be missed performance! Make your reservations quickly, as seating is limited. Jazz in The Gallery was recently referred to as "The Eastside Blue Note", and we do our best to live up to that standard! Please contact Wes at Formaggio Grill to make your reservations. Limited seating. TEXT 808-254-8888 EMAIL wes@formaggiokailua.com

Jazz in The Gallery - April 20, 2023

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Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani Street, Kailua, HI

Our April show will be a real treat! Join us for an eclectic evening of jazz flavored musical excursions featuring Jim Guss - Guitar, Rachel Gonzales - Vocals, and Rich Ray on Acoustic Bass. Guitarist - Composer Jim Guss grew up in Honolulu, attended the Berklee College of Music, and spent a number of years performing in mainland Jazz scenes from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. He played numerous jazz festivals and club dates before returning to Honolulu in 2018. Since then Jim has played on the local scene, leading his own ensembles, as well as accompanying many of Honolulu's best musicians. Vocalist - Rachel Gonzales is one of Honolulu's leading vocalists. Whether in intimate lounge settings or fronting a big band at the Blue Note, Rachel interprets the Great American Songbook and classic jazz repertoire in a style that's all her own. Bassist - Rich Ray grew up in Berkeley California and learned his musical craft accompanying world class artists in the Oakland jazz scene and later in casino showrooms and clubs in Lake Tahoe and Reno Nevada. After moving to Honolulu in the 2000's, Rich took a hiatus from music, but has since resumed and is providing his solid groove and beautiful tone supporting numerous groups around town. We are looking forward to bringing you another evening of stellar jazz, exquisite food and wines.
Jazz in The Gallery was recently referred to as "The Eastside Blue Note", and we do our best to live up to that standard! Please contact Wes at Formaggio Grill to make your reservations. Limited seating. TEXT 808-254-8888 EMAIL wes@formaggiokailua.com See you soon!

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