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 2012 and 2013, Sara and Blackie Gadarian presented special jazz events in Lahaina at night club venues. The bands for these events were the top pick of resident musicians who had worked at Blackie 's in the "old days", plus guest musicians from the mainland.



Gene Argel

Gene Argel




Gene Argel, native of the Pacific Northwest, studied piano and composition at the University of Puget Sound, and played in various clubs and venues in Seattle while completing his degree in education.

Gene says: "I've always had a Hammond B3 organ"; "I've played in Las Vegas, Denver, and on the road in the 70's, and in Los Angeles in recording studios and clubs."

In 1980, Gene moved to Honolulu to play for the Dick Jensen show, with saxophone player Gabe Baltazar at the Cavalier jazz club, and with trumpeter Joe Burnett ("Joe B") at Valentino's.

Joe Burnett moved to Maui in 1981, and formed a group to play straight-ahead jazz at newly-opened Blackie's Bar in Lahaina. In 1982, Gene Argel joined the group on piano, and brought in his Hammond B3 organ. For 4 years, the Gene Argel trio was the mainstay group at Blackie's Bar's jazz evenings, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Famous musicians from the mainland frequently appeared at Blackie's Bar with the Gene Argel trio: Emil Richards and Terry Gibbs on vibraphone, Gary Herbig, Bill Evans, Bill Perkins and Don Lanphere on saxophone, Buddy Collette, flute; Chuck Findley, trumpet; Mitch Holder, guitar.

Currently, Gene Argel plays keyboards at a number of venues on Maui, including piano lounges, and is "first call" on jazz backing visiting top-name musicians in concerts, and pops/symphony performances.

Every year, Gene travels to Seattle to play at several jazz clubs and record with drummer John Bishop on his Origin Arts label. This year, Gene recorded with Jay Thomas, trumpet, alto and tenor sax; Chuck Deardorf, bass; Mark Ivestor, drums. These recording sessions have yielded a CD titled "Luminescent", which is in production, and will be released shortly.

Gene Argel recently played his Hammond B3 organ at the Maui Sara Jazz Event 2014 on December 12, 2014 at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, with the original band that started Blackie's Bar: Danny M, bass; and Paul Marchetti, drums. Guest stars Emil Richards, vibraphone and Eric Schneider, saxophone, joined the band to play straight ahead jazz.

Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider


Eric Schneider was born and raised in the Chicago area. A prodigy, he was able to play melodies on the piano at age three. He started piano lessons at five, clarinet lessons at ten and saxophone lessons at fifteen. After graduation with a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois, he moved back to Chicago and joined Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz Band. An audition tape sent to Earl Fatha' Hines resulted in a four-year world-wide engagement, as well as the album Eric and Earl (Hines insisted on second billing).

With Hines' blessing, Eric accepted an offer to join the Count Basie Orchestra and toured with Basie for two years and recorded three albums including the Grammy Award-winning 88 Basie Street. He has recorded two other albums as a leader and many others as a sideperson.

After six years of more than forty weeks per year of traveling, Eric stopped leading the nomadic life, but not before also working with Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Ella FitzGerald, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan.

These days, by choice, he works primarily in Chicago in a myriad of musical settings. Chicago jazz clubs include the Jazz Showcase, Andy's, and the Green Mill, where he leads the weekly 1:30 - 3:30 AM Friday night/Saturday morning jam session. He was in the orchestra for the Duke Ellington opera, "Queenie Pie", and did many Chicago area jazz festivals. 2014 found Eric working with large groups (The Chicago Jazz Orchestra), even larger groups (The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), quartets and quintets and was part of a duo that performed on a restored Pullman train car between Chicago and New Orleans.

National engagements include the Kennedy Center Awards, the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference and numerous concerts, clinics and private parties across the country.

Four CDs on which he appeared were released last year, most notably a recording with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and French chanteuse Cyrille Aimiee. In February of 2015 he will be recording in Phoenix.

Eric Schneider appeared at the Maui Sara Jazz Event 2014 on December 12, 2014 at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, along with Emil Richards - Vibraphone, Gene Argel - Hammond B3 Organ, Danny M - Bass, and Paul Marchetti - Drums.

Danny M

Danny M


Danny M studied jazz with Thad Jones at William Patterson College in New Jersey. After moving to Los Angeles in 1983, he became an active touring and recording free-lance bassist. In addition to television, movie, and show work, he had the opportunity to work with many latin, jazz, and fusion artists. He also worked with jazz and pop artists while with the staff orchestra of the "The Merv Griffin Show".

After 9 years in Europe that included 2 years in Paris with the Orchestre National de Jazz, Danny M* is now living on an island commonly known and described as Maui.

Selected Discography...

The Colours of Life (Airto Moreira/Flora Purim--In+Out Records)
The Midnight Sun (Flora Purim--Virgin Records)
Queen of the Night (Flora Purim--SoundWave Records)
The Flight (Flora Purim--B&W Music)
Struck by Lightning (Airto Moreira--Virgin Records)
Playroom (Kei Akagi--Moo Records/Mesa/Bluemoon)
Note Worker (Frank Gambale--JVC Records)
Gary Meek (Lipstick Records)
Monk Mingus Ellington (Orchestre National de Jazz--Label Blue)
Bouquet final (Orchestre National de Jazz--Label Blue)
Conjunction (Serge Uebersax--Diapason)
First Impression(Serge Uebersax--Diapason)
Flying Towards Yourself (Stefan Schlegal--Brambus Records)
A Portrait of Jimmy Giuffre (Three Windows + 2--Celp Musiques)
I Am Who Sings (Larry Alexander--presidence)
All Of Who You Are (Simon Collins --WEA Records--Warner Music Germany)
Voice of Zak (Gaspard Glaus Trio--Planisphare)
Drum‘n’brass (Stefano Saccon--Altrisuoni)
plug in jazz (Michel Marthaler--Altrisuoni)

*Danny unwittingly used the legal name Bob Harrison for the purpose of personal identification while doing the stuff listed above.

Emil Richards

Emil Richards


Emil Richards started playing the xylophone at age six. He is a graduate of Julius Hart School of Music, (now known as University of Connecticut) and Hilliard College. He joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra while in tenth grade, working under Arthur Fiedler and Fritz Mahler. He began to work around New England with Bobby Hackett, Flip Phillips, and Chris Connor.

In 1959 he moved to Los Angeles where he worked with the Paul Horn Quintet, Jimmy Witherspoon, the Shorty Rogers Big Band, Lennie Bruce, and Lord Buckly. He started recording for Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, and Doris Day.

In 1962, in response to a request from President John F. Kennedy, Emil and a small jazz combo joined Frank Sinatra on a tour around the world for the benefit of under privileged children. This group helped to found the first hospital in Israel for Jewish and Arab children.

After this world tour, Emil returned to L.A. to begin recording with such artists as the Beach Boys, Bing Crosby, Nat Cole, and Frank Sinatra. He also worked on film scores for Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, and Michel Legrand, to name a few. Both he and Don Ellis were studying Indian rhythms at this time and co-founded a group known as the Hindustani Jazz Sextet.

In 1994 Emil recorded a solo album utilizing an assortment of instruments from his vast ethnic percussion collection, overdubbing all the instruments himself. The album, released by Emil Richards Music, is called Emil Richards, The Wonderful World of Percussion.

In 2000, Emil released two more CD's. One entitled Calamari, Live at Rocco's. This is a jazz quartet CD featuring Joe Porcaro, Mike Lang, and Trey Henry. The other CD he recorded that year, features Emil on vibes with The Jazz Knights; West Point's prestigious 17 piece Jazz Band, playing mostly original compositions written by Emil. In 2005, Emil recorded another album with his friends from Hawaii, and released the Maui Jazz Quartet CD. 2008 marked seventy years that Emil has been playing mallet instruments. He has recorded on over 1750 film scores and counts over 750 artists that he has recorded and performed with.

Emil now lives in the Los Angeles area, while regularly visiting and performing on Maui. In April 2013, Emil wrote Wonderful World of Percussion: My Life Behind Bars. Currently, Emil plays most Monday nights at the Santa Monica airport inside Typhoon Restaurant with his 17 piece Big Jazz Band. He also plays with his Quartet at Herb Alpert's club Vibrato some Saturdays each month featuring his life-long buddy, Joe Porcaro on drums.

Emil Richards appeared at the Maui Sara Jazz Event on December 12, 2014 at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, along with Eric Schneider - Saxophone, Gene Argel - Hammond B3 Organ, Danny M - Bass, and Paul Marchetti - Drums.

Paul Marchetti

Paul Marchetti


Paul Marchetti is from Englewood, New Jersey. He started his career in 1973, touring and recording with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary. During this time Paul appeared on such TV shows as the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show, the Mike Douglas Show, Midnight Special, In Concert with Dick Clark, and many local shows in various cities.

In 1976 Paul recorded with Brazilian musician, composer, arranger, and producer, Eumir Deodato, and also worked with Brazilian percussionist Rubens Bassini. In 1977 he recorded the rock opera "Intergalactic Touring Band ", a project for Passport records. In 1978 Paul worked with vocalist Martha Velez and recorded the album "American Heartbeat ", for Sire Records. Later that year he toured Japan with Japanese rock star Joe Yamanaka, recorded the album "Joe Yamanaka Live at Nippon Budokan ", for Atlantic Records.

In 1980 Paul moved to Maui, Hawaii to work with the jazz group "Main Course", featuring Brian Cuomo on keyboards, and Bob Harrison on bass. He found Maui to be very comfortable with a constant flow of great musicians coming through. Paul worked with keyboardist Lonnie Smith, whose good friend and island resident George Benson would come and perform with the band. In 1982 Paul became the house drummer at "Blackie's Bar". Over the years on Maui he has had the pleasure of performing and recording with many prominent artists.

In 1992 Paul took his wife Kathleen and son Claudio to Europe to work and live in Italy, Switzerland, and Germany for 6 months. During this time he worked with Emil Richards, The Frieburg Jazz Orchestra, bassist Bernd Hietzler, vocalist Cicile Verny and percusstionist Danial Moreno.

In 1997 Paul moved to Colorado where he called home for 3 1/2 years and taught privately and worked with many jazz artists.

In September of 2000 Paul moved his family back to Maui where he continues to perform and record with Maui's finest musicians. Emil Richards has been a mentor and teacher and he also studied with Joe Porcaro.

Paul also works as Mick Fleetwood's drum tech and has played percussion with Fleetwood's Island Rumors Band, and has had the pleasure of double drumming with Mick.

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