Legendary jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan will return to the Big Island on Friday, Sept. 23, for a 7 p.m. show at the Honokaa People’s Theatre. Tickets are $38 (advance) or $55 for Gold Circle. Purchase online at Blues Bear Hawaii.
Jordan is known for his mastery of a particular skill on the guitar’s fretboard called ‘touch technique,’ an advanced form of two-handed tapping instead of conventional strumming and picking.
Jordan was here in June at the Hilo Palace Theater for his Stanley Plays Jimi show, but this time around, it will be a completely different show for the audience.
These are excerpts from our recent conversation.
Upcoming People’s Theatre Concert
This is going to be a different show from the last time. It’s not my Hendrix tribute show, it’s my solo show. It’s much more of an intimate concert and there’s a lot of variety in the music. I’m doing some of my own compositions and a variety of songs from different composers, and it all comes down to what I’m feeling at the time. There may be some other Hendrix songs, but it would be different because in the Hendrix tribute show I’m approaching it as an actor. In this show, I’ll have material by Mozart and by Duke Ellington. And there’s a Katy Perry song that I often do…Sting… just a big variety of things that I try to weave together. I’m going to be also playing the piano. But if there’s an electronic keyboard available and it’s got a nice piano sound, then I’ll use that.
Interacting with the Audience
I’ll play the whole full show and then stay a little extra just to answer questions from the audience. It’s great because I get a chance to get to know the people and find out what they are thinking. Often, I find that the conversation can go in so many interesting directions, and I found out that my audience was really diverse in their interests and really open-minded.
Playing in Hawai’i
I don’t know if I quite have the words for it, but there’s something about the people in Hawai’i. They’re immersed in nature on a level that is almost unprecedented. I know it’s different. But there’s something special about Hawaii in particular. I love it when I play in Hawaii, and I love the way that it inspires me.
New Album Coming
I have a new album, but it’s not out quite yet. We’re still working out the release date, but it’s called Feather in the Wind, and I am playing music from the album, two of the songs. I really kind of feel like now is the right time for this album. I don’t have an exact release date, but I know for sure it’s going to be this year.
It’s kind of a culmination of pretty much everything that I’ve done up to this point, because of the orchestra, the sound of the orchestra is just unparalleled. There’s nothing like it. And, you know, it’s unfortunate these days that not enough people get a chance to experience that. My first experience of attending a symphony orchestra was at a pretty young age. And it was an imprint that I’ll never forget.
Stanley Jordan tickets are also available at the following outlets: Hilo Music Exchange: Hilo; Kona Music Exchange – Kailua Kona; Kiernan Music – Old Town Kainaliu; Waimea General Store – Parker Square, Kamuela; Rogers Guitars – Pahoa
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