Live at the Lounge presents Phil & Angela Benoit
Thursday, Sep 4, 2014
(Doors open at 6:30 PM)
18 & over
Two items minimum
Angela was born in Paia, Maui to a musical family. She is gifted with extraordinary talent and has been singing since she was a child. In the late ‘90s she began singing professionally for the first time and found a niche with jazz standards and bossa nova. She has since studied under some of the finest vocal coaches in the state and has been performing regularly on Maui for the past fifteen plus years. Her remarkable studio presence can be heard on Benoit JazzWorks’ three CD releases “Watch What Happens”, “A Man And A Woman” and “Golden Sun”.
Phil was also born to a musical family from Southern California and has been playing the guitar since he was a teenager. His father Bob and his brother, jazz great David Benoit has largely influenced him. Mostly self-taught, Phil has studied constantly over the years with various guitar and music teachers. He produced and performs on Benoit JazzWorks’ three CD releases as well. Other projects include rhythm guitarist for the popular gypsy-jazz band Gypsy Pacific, who recently recorded with and backed up Willie Nelson at his latest CD release event here on Maui. Performance highlights include playing with brother David at the Maui Mu- sic Festival, at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with the Honolulu Symphony and most recently at a concert in Waikiki. Phil and Gypsy Pacific have also performed with Willie Nelson at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center and at Charley’s in Paia.
Together they have recorded and released three albums, their debut production “Watch What Happens” in 2001, (nominated “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards; their second in 2005 “A Man And A Woman”; and their latest 2010 release “Golden Sun” which features, for the first time, several original tunes and was also nominated “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Backed by some of Maui’s finest musicians and a couple of renowned jazz greats – brother David Benoit on all three releases and Grammy-award winning percussionist Ralph MacDonald on the latest release – the albums have garnered glowing reviews and success state wide. Their goal is to continue to spread their music across the islands and the world.
Phil and Angela have promoted and performed in two concerts with David Benoit in the Maui Arts & Cultur- al Center’s Castle Theater in the spring of 2009 and 2010. Billed as “An Evening with David Benoit & Family”, the concerts were highly successful. A highlight of 2011 was a concert at the MACC’s McCoy Theater with another jazz great, pianist Bill Mays. This sold out show featured Phil and Bill with a special guest appearance by Angela.
They have also shared their music on outer islands playing at various venues on Oahu and Kauai. On Kauai in 2011 they were one of the featured performers at the “4th Annual Red Clay Jazz Festival”; then in 2012 they headlined a concert as part of the “Kauai Concert Association’s 2012-2013 Season” at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. In September of 2013, they were showcased at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre on Oahu for the ”Last Saturday Roots In Jazz” concert series.
The Benoits have been married 26 years and are parents to son Max, who is a musician (bassist) currently living in Seattle and daughter Kendall who lives on Maui and also has natural musical talent. They make their home in the upcountry town of Makawao on Maui and perform regularly in Hawaii.