The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio is comprised of the husband and wife professional duo of Richard Tom on u-bass and Mele Fong on ukulele (both on vocals), and Cindee Burkitt. New in 2015, the trio played two songs on two banjo-ukulele as seen here. The songs were "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." The trio enjoys playing pop and jazz standards with complex rhythms and difficult chord shapes which people don't expect to hear coming from the ukulele being played in Hawaii. (Most expect to hear only Hawaiian songs). Have you heard "Girl From Ipanema" with a Bossa Nova Strum played on ukulele?
See the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio photo gallery covering 2011 until today.
- photo taken at the Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in November 2015 by Holly Huelsmann.
History. The trio's public debut was in October 2011 for about 300 people at the County of Maui Senior Fair in the War Memorial Gymnasium in Kahului. Master student Hinano Kaumeheiwa was the original third member of the trio and performed for 12 shows from 2011-2014. Cindee Burkitt joined the trio in 2014. Both Hinano and Cindee started by taking Mele's classes at Kaunoa Senior Center and performing as members of the Maui Ukulele Pops Band.
- photo taken at the Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in November 2014 by Holly Huelsmann.
Sample Songs For Your Listening Enjoyment (recorded with Hinano)
Blues in the Night
Mack the Knife
Uwehi Ami and Slide
November 11 show at 10th Annual Maui Ukulele Guild Exhibition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.
June 8. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park, Olinda. (Read more) (Hinano's last show with the trio).
November 8. 7th Annual Ukulele Guild Event at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului. (Read more) (Cindee's first show with the trio).
February 4. Keiki Karnival at Christ the King Church, Kahului. (Read more)
March 17. Queen Ka'ahumanu Festival at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului. (Read more)
March 24. Ukulele Explosion at Kalama Intermediate School, Makawao. (Read more)
June 10. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park, Olinda. (Read more)
September 28. Maui (County) Special Fair, Kahului. (Read more)
September 29. National Museum Day, Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. (Read more)
November 10. Maui Ukulele Guild event, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului. (Read more)
October. Maui County Senior Fair at War Memorial Gymnasium, Kahului. (Our debut)
November. Maui Ukulele Guild event, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului.