What the press has to say


Over the years the Jazz Orchestra has attracted attention from local media websites and music lovers across Hawaii and abroad. Take a look below at a few selections of what they've had to say about the band and their performances.
“This eventually led to a course in playing Zappa’s complex compositions. In 2013, Veilleux convinced the school he could pull off a Zappa tribute concert. It sold-out, and he’s been doing two-night performances every year since then. … The Big Island might seem like a tiny dot out in the Pacific to some, but it’s now become sort of a phenomenon in the Zappa universe.”
“For five years now, UH Hilo have celebrated the music of Frank Zappa with annual concerts by their UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra. This year … [the] most-famous son of the late guitar genius joins the festivities. … HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Dweezil Zappa for a very special interview exploring these concerts.” [Hear Complete Interview]
“The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra includes more than 25 singers and musicians with a large horn section blowing over a rock and roll rhythm section. To capture Zappa’s complex music, the orchestra will put in four months of rehearsals.”
“The jazz orchestra concerts have become an end-of-semester staple at UH-Hilo.”