Sax & Steel is a collaboration paying tribute to the American Jazz Saxophone and Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Bill Noble & Dwight Tokumoto blended Hawaiian and American melodies which pays homage to the great composers who have contributed to Hawaii’s rich musical history.
Bill was born and raised in Kohala, Hawaii and now resides in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. He received his teaching music degree in Texas and has taught music at the Intermediate, High School and College Levels.
This veteran sax, flute, and clarinet player has worked with national and local artists. Highlights of his career include appearances with the Temptations, Ray Charles, The Stylistics, Gladys Knight, Fifth Dimension, The Four Tops, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, The Crystals, The Manhattan’s, The Shirelles, Comedian Robert Kline, and local artists which include Zulu, Loyal Garner and Dick Jensen. He has performed for both former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
Bill Noble is well known for his work with small Jazz Combos at the major hotels along the Kona/Kohala Gold Coast. He also has his own Bill Noble Big Island Big Band which keeps the sounds of the Big Band Swing Era alive and also conducts the Olliephonic Horns. He recently opened for Jennifer Hudson at the Maui Ritz Carlton Kapalua.
Bill is currently working with Hawaii’s Kings Of Swing Band “Kahulanui” which was nominated for the 2014 Grammy’s Regional Roots category. “Kahulanui” just released a CD entitled “Mele Ho’oilina” which was nominated and won for the 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Jazz Album Of The Year. Bill wrote 5 Big Band Arrangements and a 4 Horn Original Composition for the Band entitled “Kahulanui Boogie Woogie” which was nominated and won for the 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Instrumental Composition Of The Year.
His newest project “Sax & Steel” Hula Blues, is a collaboration featuring Bill Noble and Dwight Tokumoto paying tribute to the American Jazz Saxophone and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. They have blended Hawaiian and American melodies for this musical journey which pays homage to the great composers who have contributed to Hawaii’s rich musical history.
Born in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Dwight Tokumoto graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a Bachelor of Music degree. This multi-talented musician and composer plays several instruments including the guitar, ‘ukulele and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. He is mostly known as a steel guitarist.
He has played on the albums of many artists in Hawai‘i and California, including the steel guitar for Tahitian entertainer, Hina Pankowski and with Hawaii entertainers – Mark Yamanaka, Diana Aki, Lito Archangel, Darlene Ahuna, Ben Kaili, Christy Lassiter and many others. Dwight was also featured on the Slack-Key Christmas CD produced by Grammy-Award winner, Charles Brotman.
Dwight is also a member of the Hawaii’s King of Swing Band, “Kahulanui.” The group were nominate for both a Grammy and several Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Their latest album, Mele Ho’oilina won two Hoku awards last year.
Dwight played music for many years in Waikīkī at the Princess Kauilani Hotel and the Halekulani Hotel as well as in California, Tahiti and Japan. For many years he played with the original Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band of San Francisco and Island Blend. He has also played the steel guitar for Japanese television.
For six years, Dwight teamed up with the late Hawaiian musician icon, Cyril Pahinui, teaching steel guitar at Connections Charter School in Hilo. This special music program has encouraged and enabled many new young people to the field of Hawaiian music.
Currently and for the last 14 years, Dwight has been playing the steel guitar every Tuesday with Hawaiian group, “Kanakapila” at the Hilo Town Tavern.