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The Waitiki 7

THE WAITIKI 7 Re-inventing classic exotica for modern ears.

The musicians of The WAITIKI 7(also known as W7) bring together a wealth of culture and superb musicianship. At its core are three of Hawaii’s finest musicians: Percussionist & exotic bird caller Lopaka Colon (son of original Martin Denny percussionist & bird caller Augie Colon), jazz drummer Abe Lagrimas Jr., and bassist/bandleader Randy Wong. Exotica has always had strong Latin Jazz influences; in W7, these tenets are held taut by Zaccai Curtis (piano) and Tim Mayer (winds) ” both of whom have received past Grammy nominations in Latin and Jazz. Crossing over from the classical world comes the group’s youngest member: twenty-one year old vibraphonist Jim Benoit. The brilliantly exuberant Helen Liu (violin) rounds out this phenomenal group. Six of the members compose and arrange for the group.

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”This is the band to beat” -- Nate Chinen, THE GIG

“A smart and swank affair” -- Cory Frye, Under The Radar

“The rightful heirs of Denny, Lyman, and Esquivel” -- J. Simpson, Weirdomusic.com

“Looking backward while moving forward” -- Doug Simpson, Audiophile Audition

“Harks back a half-century to the golden age of exotica” -- Jon Young, Mother Jones

“Polished fusion of jazz, pop, tropical folk” -- Nippertown

“This week's best album” -- Alarm Magazine

“Needs to be on your must-have list” -- Westchester Herald

“Intoxicating” -- Pete Hund, GoodNewMusic.com

Location

BOSTON, MA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Albums

Premium Profiles

Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
composer/conductor
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto
Behn Gillece Behn Gillece
vibraphone
Phil Allen Phil Allen
trombone
Jen de Ness Jen de Ness
vocalist
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
David Longoria David Longoria
trumpet
Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
vocalist
Jack DeSalvo Jack DeSalvo
guitar
Tommy Smith Tommy Smith
sax, tenor

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