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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That’s the Borges hallmark. He is known as the “keeper of the flame” for stylish delivery and musical honesty.

As percussionist Okimoto puts it,“Jimmy is the epitome of grace, class and the highest level of musical integrity. He’s a musician’s singer ... meaning, like a musician, he puts the music before anything.”

Symphony Pops conductor Matt Catingub lends a hand on sax
Symphony Pops conductor Matt Catingub lends a hand on sax

Catingub, who doubles as Honolulu Symphony Pops conductor, raves,“Every song he sings is my favorite!”

You are all I long for.

All I worship and adore.

The program’s prime time airing Thursday coincides with PBS Hawaii’s annual live pledge night. During the program, viewers can call in to make a donation to PBS Hawaii, a member-supported network committed to high-quality programming. Pledgers of $100 get a gift of Jimmy Borges After Dark DVD.

On that evening, sit back in a comfy chair and let the cares of the day dissipate. You deserve the therapeutic benefits this program delivers on so many levels. Like Baltazar blowing note-for-note rhythms on Charlie Parker’s Star Eyes and Okimoto’s melodic vibes on My Foolish Heart.

The planning and development of Jimmy Borges After Dark took six months before cameras actually started rolling at the PBS Hawaii studio in July. That was perhaps the most arduous part of the process.

When you’ve got experienced, skillful musicians like Borges and company, it’s almost effortless and second-nature to play together. Mastery is instinctive.

It’s like playing great jazz. You start the music together, see where it takes you in the middle, allowing self-expression through improvisation and all finish together.

In other words, please be true. In other words, I love you. Borges concludes, “How does one listen to great jazz? You don’t. You must feel it.”

It’s said that Borges sees the whole picture, hears the complete orchestration, and as a result, delivers the appropriate musical interpretation of lyric and melody. He is always relevant, and sounds as good today as ever.

When you’re the gold standard, you’re timeless.

Swing on, Jimmy.

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