Jumpin’ With Jimmy

Jimmy Borges and some of his jazzy - and talented - friends debut a new live music show Thursday on PBS Hawaii

Susan Sunderland
Friday - August 24, 2007
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Jimmy Borges with microphone and Matt Catingub on sax swing in a cabaret setting
Jimmy Borges with microphone and Matt Catingub on sax swing in a cabaret setting

Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars.

Jimmy Borges After Dark ,a new PBS Hawaii special, is a journey to euphoria. If you like jazz-style music, take a magic carpet ride Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii (KHET-10).

Gabe Baltazar, sax legend, and Steve Jones on bass
Gabe Baltazar, sax legend, and Steve Jones on bass

This is no ordinary TV-watching experience. It is an extraordinary opportunity to see talented - very talented - individuals come together to make a musical statement. In front of the camera and behind it, everyone involved in the program grooves on that rarefied plateau known as excellence.

From the lighting and night club-style staging, to the aural experience, it sings.

But this is signature Borges. He has been singing and swinging for more than 50 years in an enduring and illustrious career. When executive producer Michael Harris contacted him about doing a jazz program for PBS Hawaii, Borges selected an all-star cast to join him. Each is also a featured soloist in the show.

Betty Loo Taylor has been playing piano for Jimmy forever
Betty Loo Taylor has been playing piano for Jimmy forever

The A-team consists of Gabe Baltazar, “the greatest reed player in the Pacific”; Matt Catingub, “a certified genius” (piano and alto sax); Noel Okimoto, “one of the top drummers in the world”; bassist Steve Jones, “he does it all on a high level”; pianist Betty Loo Taylor, “one of the wonders of the world” and vocalist Pauline Wilson, “a true jazz singer.”

 

 

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