1750 W. South Park Ave.
2605 S. Oneida St.
Duane Padilla's workshops are designed with hands-on learning and crowd participation in mind. Bring your instrument for an hour of interactive fun with fellow musicians of all ages and stages — as you learn from the master himself and gain valuable insights into the world of jazz improv and violin!
As a founding member of The Hot Club of Hulaville, Duane Padilla won the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts's award for jazz album of the year for their gypsy jazz release "Django Would Go!" His subsequent solo jazz violin album "Sentimental Swing" was named one of the top 40 jazz releases of 2011 by the South African Jazz Educators Association.
Recent concert collaborations include duo performances with Pianist Tommy James (Music Director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra NYC), fingerstyle guitar legend Jeff Linsky, Guitarist Paul Mehling (Hot Club of San Francisco), Grammy-winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Jeff Peterson and Jazz Ukulele Grand Master Ben Chong. He has opened concerts for jazz giants Martin Taylor, John Jorgensen and John Pizzarelli.
An equally accomplished educator, Duane Padilla has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy, conducting and jazz violin with acclaimed instructors and artists. He began his teaching career in Connecticut, where he was head of the Suzuki Program at the Tabor Community Arts Center and the Bethwood Suzuki School. While in Connecticut, he also designed and implemented a unique public-school string program for grades 1-3, based on the Suzuki violin method for Wintergreen Magnet School.