Wood Craft

Ben Wood

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Jazz singer Sutton
lives up to high praise

Singer Tierney Sutton lived up to her advance praise from isle jazz festival impresario Abe Weinstein by giving a Washington Place audience a taste of her dazzling artistry, backed by superb pianist Shelly Berg Thursday. Tierney, just back in the U.S. from Paris performances, and Shelly are faculty members at USC. The event was sponsored by local USC alums. The pair was intro'd by Peggy Schmid of the USC Thornton School of Music. Tierney can dish it up hot and cool, swinging and scatting on "Just Friends" and "On the Street Where You Live," or easing into ballads such as "I've Grown Accustomed to His (Her) Face." On the latter, the personable lady pours out the emotion. She sang last night with a USC jazz orchestra at Blaisdell Concert Hall. The fest continues at Blaisdell tonight and next weekend on Maui ...

Birthday greetings

Happy birthday to Melveen Leed, who celebrates her 60th tomorrow at Chai's at Aloha Tower. Melveen said Thursday she expects 250 people for the party that starts at 5 p.m. ... Conne Sutherland is celebrating a birthday today ... Hildgund Bucky marked her birthday last weekend at the Four Seasons on the Big Isle where she has a jewelry shop and closed out festivities Sunday in Honolulu with dinner at On Jin's Cafe. Helping her bring in the special day were her son, Alan Zukerkorn, her granddaughter, Samantha, 13, and Alan's girlfriend, Michelle Van Veenendaal ...

Bob Burns' Villa Feltrinelli, his pride and joy in Italy, is featured in this month's Robb Report magazine. Bob is the man most responsible for the Kahala Hilton, now the Kahala Mandarin, achieving world class status when he was G.M. there some 35 years ago ... Karl Kimura, one of the town's best and most popular bartenders, has resurfaced at Nick's Fishmarket where he made many customers happy in past years ... Ocean House restaurant in the Reef, managed by David Nagaishi, quietly marked its first year this month ...

"The Wizard of Oz" opened last night at Diamond Head Theatre and runs through Aug. 3. Those who attend in costume as Dorothy, the Tinman, Cowardly Lion or Scarecrow will receive a free treat at the box office. Also, cast members such as Kim Anderson as Dorothy and Tracy Yamamato as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, will mix with the audience after matinee performances tomorrow, and July 26, 27 and Aug. 2, 3 ... A fund-raiser for former Outrigger Canoe Club G.M. John Rader, in need of a liver transplant, will be held at the club Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m. Entry is $100. John had a quadruple bypass and then found he needed the liver transplant ...

Big food and wine event

Don't forget tomorrow's Joy of Food & Wine blockbuster at the Sheraton Waikiki ballrooms, 1 to 5 p.m., a Rehab Hospital benefit. Over 200 wines will be available for tasting, along with a wide variety of cheeses, plus culinary creations from Sheraton Chef Daniel Delbrel. Pianist Ginny Tiu performs. This is a biggie. Cost is $70 ... Wines from Amberhill and Raymond Estates will be offered at Morton's, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Aug. 12. Appetizers are included in the $15 price ...

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Ben Wood, who sold the Star-Bulletin in the streets
of downtown Honolulu during World War II, writes of
people, places and things every Saturday.
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