Author: Stephen Smith

For the seventh year in a row, the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra has provided an insightful and entertaining presentation of the music of Frank Zappa for the community of East Hawaii. Given the complexity and nuance of this music, this is no small feat. Consisting of 23 musicians and vocalists, the ensemble took the stage Wednesday, December 11 for the first of 2 performances. From the opening bars of “Peaches En Regalia,” one of Zappa’s most classic and accessible instrumental compositions, it was clear that this was going to be a good night. The material performed was a representative of…

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