Outrigger to add Blue Note music venue to Waikiki Beach Resort

I have been a jazz fan for most of my life. The month I came of age, I spent a great deal of time and almost half of my monthly salary listening to jazz greats including Cannonball Adderley, Big Joe Williams, Ahmad Jamal and others perform at a month-long jazz festival at the Phoenix Playboy Club. So I was quite pleased to learn that Outrigger Resorts has partnered with the Blue Note Entertainment Group to put a Blue Note club in the Waikiki Beach Resort.

While the term “blue note” has long been associated with jazz, Blue Note Hawaii “will serve as the state’s premier venue for world-renowned artists [and] will feature leaders in jazz, as well as musicians of other genres, including top local island artists,” Outrigger said in a statement provided to TheTravelPro.

Showroom at the Blue Note Beijing
“This unprecedented partnership with Blue Note Entertainment Group changes the music entertainment landscape in Waikiki,” Barbara Campbell, Outrigger Enterprises Group vice president, said. “Music is a universal language and Outrigger looks forward to sharing this form of art at our brand-new Blue Note Hawaii venue with music lovers from around the world and here in Hawaii.”

The club will be located in the former Society of Seven showroom inside the resort. The 9,000 square-foot facility is currently being designed by local architecture and interior design firm InForm Design, and will seat over 300 patrons. When completed, the facility will offer two performances nightly, 365 days a year. Blue Note Hawaii is expected to open no later than early 2016.

The announcement coincides with other recent Blue Note Entertainment Group initiatives, including an expansion to China where it will open the Blue Note Beijing followed by two additional locations in Shanghai and Taipei within the next three years. While renderings of the Hawaii venue are not yet available, the company provided images of the Beijing location which, like Blue Note Hawaii, is expected to open in 2016.

“The addition of two new clubs in Hawaii and China will bridge new music opportunities for artists and fans alike in the greater Asia Pacific/Oceania region,” Danny Bensusan, founder and CEO of Blue Note Entertainment Group, said. “We are deeply committed to Blue Note’s success in both of these territories.”

Entrance to Blue Note Beijing
Blue Note owns and operates 10 music clubs worldwide, including venues in New York, Washington D.C., Milan and two locations in Japan. It has hosted many notable artists since its founding in 1981 including Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Chris Botti and others.

Blue Note Hawaii will join Outrigger Resorts’ roster of musical venues, which includes Kani Ka Pila Grille, Duke’s Waikiki, Waikiki Beach Walk®, and a host of sponsored music events such as Mele Mei; the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards; the annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival, Slack Key Guitar Festival; and the Ukulele Festival.

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Artist's renderings provided by Blue Note Entertainment Group