Promoting and providing
straight-ahead jazz on Maui.

Get Jazzed on Maui !


‘Maui Sara’ Gadarian considers herself a "professional listener".

From 1981 to 1995, Sara and Blackie Gadarian ran Blackie 's Bar in Lahaina, the longest running jazz club in the Pacific. Blackie's Bar was known for presenting quality jazz four evenings a week from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A resident trio, quartet or quintet was the regular band, supplemented by performances by internationally known jazz musicians who would appear with the group, or "sit in".

Sara and Blackie Gadarian sold the property that held Blackie 's Bar and Blackie's Machine Shop in 1995. The property was converted to a gas station and convenience store. Sara and Blackie Gadarian moved the machine shop to a property in downtown Lahaina, and have had their residence there as well. Blackie Gadarian died in July 2013, and Sara Gadarian is carrying on with their enjoyment of jazz music to share with the world.

In 2014, 2015, and 2017, "Maui Sara" Gadarian presented special jazz events at Maui nightclub and restaurant venues. The bands for these events were the top pick of resident musicians who had worked at Blackie's Bar in the "old days", plus guest musicians from the mainland.


2017 Jazz Event:

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Maui Sara's Jazz Event ~ December 8, 2017

Jazz & Blues - and Dancing too!

Longhi's Lahaina: 888 Front Street, Lahaina

6:30 to 9:30 PM, Friday, December 8, 2017

Four-piece group to play jazz standards and blues, plus dance tunes. Star Performer Eric Schneider from Chicago, saxophone; Gene Argel, keyboard and vocals; Danny M, bass; Paul Marchetti, drums. Ticket charge: $22.00 including tax. Cash, debit or credit cards, advance sales only. Capacity is limited, no reserved seating. Doors open at 6:00 PM for advance ticket holders only. (Day of event, tickets at door starting 7:00 PM for standing room only.) Patrons may order from Longhi's full dinner menu, including appetizers and cocktails..

Advance Tickets $22 Available Now. Buy Now - or phone (808) 667-7979. Tickets will be emailed to you.


Danny M. ~ Eric Schneider ~ Gene Argel ~ Paul Marchetti


Past Event

Gene Argel Shiro Mori Michael Buono

Maui Sara's Jazz Event ~ Hand Jive Trio ~ October 10, 2015

Saturday October 10, 2015 - 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Wailuku Coffee Co.

Gene Argel - Hammond B3 Organ/Vocals
Shiro Mori - Guitar
Michael Buono - Drums

No Cover

But patrons are encouraged to support the musicians with tips. Wailuku Coffee Co., located at 26 North Market Street in Wailuku, will have a special menu of appetizers and light dinner options for purchase, along with soft drinks. Patrons may bring their own liquor. Seating is limited... arrive early to be accomodated. This performance is sponsored by Sara Gadarian,, Wailuku Coffee Co., and Mana'o Hana Hou Radio 91.7. For information, contact Maui Sara Jazz (808) 667-7979 email

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Past Jazz Event:

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Maui Sara's Jazz Event ~ December 12, 2014

On December 12, 2014, ’Maui Sara’ is presenting another straight-ahead jazz event at the Royal Lahaina Resort. The resident musicians who will appear at this event are the original rhythm section who played at the opening of Blackie 's Bar in Lahaina in 1981, plus two guest musicians who appeared many times at Blackie 's Bar as well.

Advance Tickets $35 Available.Now    See Details   Ticket(s) will be emailed to you


Danny M. ~ Eric Schneider ~ Gene Argel ~ Emil Richards ~ Paul Marchetti


Maui Blackie's Jazz Event DVD

A live video of Maui Blackie's Jazz Event 2013.

When: Saturday February 23, 2013.. 7-10 PM

Where: Alii Room, Royal Lahaina Resort Kaanapali, Maui

Who: Gene Argel - Hammond B3 organ / vocals
          Sal Godinez - Keyboards and vocals
          Eric Schneider - Special Guest - Saxophone
          Michael Buono - Drums
          Shiro Mori - Guitar
          Doug White - Bass

Hosts: Blackie and Sara Gadarian

11 selections of straight-ahead jazz performed by professional Maui musicians who played at Blackie's Bar in Lahaina during the years 1981 - 1995, the longest running jazz club in the Pacific.

This 137 minute long DVD shows the special performance on stage at the Royal Lahaina Resort, February 23, 2013, with music for listening and dancing, and comments from hosts Blackie and Sara Gadarian.

Price $20.00 plus $8.00 shipping USPS to all 50 states.

Sample song excerpt from the DVD





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Jazz at Blackie's CD

Remastered from the original vinyl recording... Experience the original band from 1982 plus remarks by Blackie. Join Joe B and Friends on a trip down memory lane to a typical late afternoon jam session at Blackie's Bar in Lahaina. Straight-ahead jazz at it's best. Combining the jazzy sounds of Joe B. on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Gene Argel on keys, Paul Marchetti on drums, Bob Harrison on bass and owner Blackie Gadarian's one of a kind commentary creating the perfect atmosphere.

Price $15.00 plus $8.00 shipping USPS to all 50 states.

Jazz at Blackie's CD

Sample song excerpts from the CD

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