June Jazz Trio Show

Jazz Trio June

Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio at Upcountry Fair 2014

“Blues in the Night” – The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio performed this song among others during our show at the annual Upcountry Fair last Sunday, June 8 at Oskie Rice Park in Olinda. Picture rolling green hills with horses and cattle grazing on the pastures on the slopes of Haleakala, and you’ve got upcountry Maui. The theme of the annual Upcountry Fair is paniolo, meaning Hawaiian cowboy, in keeping with the cultural heritage of the area. It was a beautiful afternoon to play music outdoors, and our honor to be asked back to perform once again.

spontaneous hula

Spontaneous hula from the audience

Two years ago, Rich and I performed as The Hawaiian Serenaders right after the Maui Ukulele Pops Band. This year Hinano joined us so we stayed plugged in on stage following the Band’s 45-minute set. That made a very easy transition between sets. The Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio played 13 songs from a variety of musical genres in keeping with the upbeat, party atmosphere during another 45-minute set. Songs in order were Kupa Landing, Little Brown Gal, Wahine Ilikea, Under the Palm Tree, Princess Pupule, Kaula Ili, Ka Leo, Flying, Sweet Someone, Blues in the Night, Medley: Waimanalo Blues/Paniolo Country, To You Sweetheart Aloha, and Uwehi Ami and Slide.  What fun we had!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.