saturday, may 25, 730 pm

909 kapiolani boulevard, street level
$45/35 at door or online


box office open 6 pm - house open 7 pm

free street parking after 630 pm - limited free parking in Musicians Assn. lot after 6 pm
paid parking at Blaisdell or Diamond lot on 'ewa/mauka corner of Kapiolani & Ward

come early and enjoy dinner at one of the bangin' new restaurants on the block!
see below for special offers 


Dear Live Music Fan,

Studio 909 is honored to present a very special musical evening featuring renowned jazz artists Bill Cunliffe and Denise Donatelli with Honolulu bassist Bruce Hamada. This event was made possible in great part due to the generous support of HPR jazz moderator, Don Gordon, who will join the festivities as emcee.

Bill Cunliffe - photo by Ned Radinisky

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging playing and compositions. Early in his career, he toured with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard. Bill currently plays with his trio, his big band, his Latin band, Imaginación, and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. He performs around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

Bill was awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement for West Side Story Medley on the album Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson (Resonance Records, 2009).

The Bill Cunliffe Trio (with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner) released its CD River Edge, New Jersey in April of this year. Other recent releases include Overture, Waltz and Rondo for jazz piano, trumpet and orchestra (BCM+D Records, 2012), which won Bill his fifth Grammy nomination, for Best Instrumental Composition; and That Time of Year (Metre Records, 2011), an anthology of solo improvisations on Christmas carols that was described in the Los Angeles Times as a “tour de force”.

Bill’s film work includes the score for On the Shoulders of Giants, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s homage to the Harlem Rens basketball team of the 1920s and ’30s. The movie recently received an NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary and Bill’s soundtrack was nominated for Best Album. 

Bill Cunliffe is professor of jazz studies at Cal State Fullerton and also teaches at the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Vail Jazz Workshop. He was the 1989 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition.

Denise Donatelli 
Denise Donatelli, a GRAMMY® Nominated Savant recording and international concert artist, is recognized as one of today’s premiere vocalists. Her four recorded albums to date have collectively garnered three GRAMMY® nominations. 

Donatelli's 2012 release, Soul Shadows received a GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, her second consecutive nomination in that category. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low received two GRAMMY® Nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for pianist and collaborator Geoffrey Keezer’s arrangement of Don't Explain. In 2008, Denise recorded her second CD entitled What Lies Within. The record garnered uniformly high praise from critics and casual listeners alike, soaring to the top ten on Jazz Week Radio. Denise makes a vocal appearance on the Christmas recording, That Time of Year by GRAMMY® Award Winner Bill Cunliffe. 

The Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Ms. Donatelli with the 2012 Jazz Vocalist of the Year award. Voting advisors include John Clayton, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel. Described as "a musician's singer" by GRAMMY® Award winning saxophonist, Phil Woods, Denise has performed as guest vocalist with Roger Kellaway, Terry Trotter, Christian Jacob's Big Band Theory, Alf Clausen's Jazz Orchestra, Les Hooper's Big Band, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, and a growing list of jazz luminaries.

Bruce Hamada
Bruce Hamada is well-known on the Honolulu music scene, as much for his virtuosity on acoustic and electric bass as for his vocal renditions of American jazz standards. From 1989 to 2012, he and his collaborator Jim Howard were fixtures at the Halekulani Lewers Lounge, where they attracted fans from all over the world, including a long list of renowned musicians. Bruce has been featured soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Pops, and alongside artists such as Russell Malone, Karryn Allyson, John Clayton, Randy Brecker and Andrew Speight. Hamada's first solo recording, Two for the Road, recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood and engineered by multiple Grammy laureate Al Schmitt, also features Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman and Jim Howard and was released on the Don Don Label. 

Don GordonDon Gordon is a veritable fountain of knowledge about jazz of all genres, and a staunch advocate for high quality live music in general. He has championed the cause of Studio 909 Presents since the earliest beginnings of the series, presenting artist interviews and recordings on his HPR show Jazz with Don Gordon, and has attended concerts in person whenever possible. Don's longstanding friendship with Bill Cunliffe was the catalyst for this particular event, and for that we are very grateful indeed.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of private and corporate sponsors for this event:

The Cab
Chef Chai
Greens & Vines
Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii Public Radio
Maxine Robson of RE/MAX Honolulu
Piano Planet

Waikik Parc Hotel
Anonymous Live Music AngelY


June 12
Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman & Bruce Hamada

July 28
Emil Viklicky Trio

August 24
The Brien Matson Project

September 7
Shiro Mori Quintet

September 28
Honolulu Jazz Quartet

October 19
Mark Dresser & Denman Maroney

November 9
Gerald Clayton Trio


Studio 909 Presents is produced and managed by the Musicians Association of Hawaii,  AFM Local 677,
in partnership with Live Music Awareness,
a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization
based in Honolulu. 

Your much needed donation is greatly appreciated and is tax-deductible
to the full extent provided by law.



Contact us:

MWF 9-1 



Please welcome CHEF CHAI,
our newest neighbor on the block!

Chef Chai Chaowasaree is a well known supporter of live music and is generously offering a 10% discount to Studio 909 patrons with proof of ticket purchase. This offer is valid for pre-concert dinners
on the day of a performance only.

Dinner service begins at 4 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Chef Chai ● Award Winning Island Fusion Cuisine

1009 Kapiolani Boulevard ● 585-0011

After the show, check out Chef Chai's HAPPY HOUR MENU
featuring delicious food and drink
at greatly reduced prices
Daily 9-11 pm 


We are thrilled to welcome our jazz friends, Pete & Sylvia Thompson, 
whose NEW gourmet vegan restaurant is in our building!

Greens and Vines is open for dinner from 5-9 pm.
On the day of a Studio 909 event, you can show proof of your ticket purchase for a 5% discount on your meal (excluding alcoholic beverages).

To reserve a table, call 536-9680
They also have yummy takeout!

Greens & Vines Raw Vegan Gourmet
909 Kapiolani Boulevard (corner of Ward) 



Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman & Bruce Hamada
Wednesday June 12, 2013 Jeff Hamilton, drummer and co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will be joined by pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Bruce Hamada.

Emil Viklicky Trio
Saturday July 27, 2013 Czech composer and piano virtuoso Emil Viklicky,known as "the Janacek of Jazz", will be joined by Bruce Hamada, bass and Darryl Pellegrini, drums for an evening of original music and standards.

Studio 909 Presents uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Studio 909 Presents - c/o Musicians, 949 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI, 96814, (808) 596-2123
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173


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