Every Thursday, starting August 8, the Red Water Café in Waimea presents jazz pianist Gary Washburn with Elizabeth Sekona Robinson on violin, from 6-9 p.m. Robinson is Washburn’s former student, a classically-trained violinist who now plays with the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo Jazz Orchestra. As a duo, they bring superb musicianship together with creative, cool vibes across a range of genres.
Born and raised on Hawai‘i Island, Robinson has been playing violin most of her life. She received eleven years of classical training under Ursula Vietze-Koehler, during which time she won the annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition twice.
“Mr. Gary Washburn has been a major influence on my musical journey,” says Robinson. “He helped me branch out of the classical world and taught me almost everything I know about improvisation and music theory. I’m stoked to be performing with him and can’t wait play for the audience at Red Water.”
Musician, composer, and educator, Washburn is something of a musical hero on Hawai‘i Island, where he has directed the Honoka‘a Jazz Band for 40 years. In that time, he has received a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award, been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, named a Living Treasure in Hawai‘i, and helped the school achieve an award from the Grammy Foundation in 2011.
The Red Water Café is located at 65-1299 Kawaihae Road in Waimea. For more info call: (808) 885-9299, or visit them on the web: www.redwatercafe.com.
Photo credit: Steve Roby