By Gabe Baltazar
Hawai‘i’s mythical jazz musician Gabe Baltazar Jr. has delighted audiences because the overdue Forties together with his strong and passionate enjoying. during this, the 1st ebook on his lifestyles and occupation, Gabe takes readers throughout the highs, lows, and in-betweens at the lengthy street to changing into one of many only a few Asian american citizens who has accomplished around the world acclaim as a jazz artist.
At a tender age Gabe was once inspired via his father, an finished musician, to soak up the clarinet and saxophone. As in the course of global warfare II, Gabe played with the Royal Hawaiian Band yet spent his weekends taking part in in swing bands. After constructing himself within the West Coast jazz scene, in 1960 he rose to prominence as lead alto saxophonist of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Following a four-year stint with Kenton, Gabe labored as a valued studio musician, recording with Dizzy Gillespie, Oliver Nelson, and James Moody, between others. In 1969 he again to Honolulu and went directly to develop into Hawai‘i’s ultimate jazz artist, a task he admirably fulfilled for over 40 years. At eighty two, Gabe continues to be energetic in jazz schooling and nonetheless plays regularly.
Gabe’s memorable encounters with many of the maximum names in jazz and renowned leisure will satisfaction tune lovers, whereas readers of Hawai‘i and Asian-American life-writing will locate during this paintings a fond list of days previous instructed with humor and heart.