Jesse Snyder aka Jesse Now Jerome is a 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy Award) recipient for Jazz Album of the Year with the Hawaiian swing group, Kahulanui.

As the primary horn section arranger, he showcased his baritone and tenor saxophone and clarinet  skills, along with a solo singing performance and nose flute highlights on Mele Ho’oilina, Kahulanui’s award-winning album.

He also plays the flute, alto saxophone, drums/percussion and has a smooth baritone singing voice.

Jesse Now Jerome regular gigs on the Big Island of Hawaii are:

Mondays – Kings’ Land Clubhouse Waikoloa 4:30pm to 6:30pm with Warren Kaneao and guest artists.

Wednesdays – Manta Wine Bar & Restaurant at Mauna Kea Beach Resort with Gary Washburn and guest artists, 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Fridays – Red Water Cafe, Waimea 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Red Water Trio or duo.

Saturdays – Manta Wine Bar & Restaurant at Mauna Kea Beach Resort  6:00pm to 9:00pm with Gary Washburn and guest artists sitting in.

Coming this Sunday, July 28th, 2019:


Gertrude’s Jazz Bar – 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

6:00pm – 8:00pm

2018 Hawaiian Grammy recipients for Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Original Instrumental Composition, the Hawaiian Kings of Swing KAHULANUI, will perform at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kona Town!

 July 28, 2019, 6pm – 8pm. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, Tickets $35 at or at the door $40. Make reservations at or call 808-327-JAZZ (5299). More info at

“You’ve never heard a beat quite like this, either in Hawaii or Harlem. Kahulanui is a ferocious blast of swinging jazz. The sun may be hot, but the music is hotter.” – Wall Street Journal

Kahulanui is: Originator Rodgers Lena Naipo on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Eskildsen on bass guitar and vocals, Robert Duke Tatom on ukulele and vocals, Tim Taylor on drums/percussion, and Dwight Tokumoto on steel guitar.

Horn section: Primary horn arranger Jesse Snyder on tenor sax and clarinet, Bill Noble on alto saxophone, Joshua Timmons on trumpet, and Jenny Brown on trombone.

Kahulanui also performs with ipu (drum gourds) and ohe hano ihu (nose flute) both traditional Hawaiian instruments.

Past 2018 tour with Kahulanui:

East and West Coast Tour 2018

July: Lowell Folk Festival~Lowell, MA; The City Winery ~ Boston, MA

August: The Clarke Center ~ Arroyo Grande, CA; Tiki Oasis Festival ~ San Diego, CA; Blue Note Napa ~ Napa, CA; The Rio ~ Santa Cruz, CA; Berkeley Freight & Salvage ~ Berkeley, CA; The Harris Center ~ Folsom, CA; Gallo Center for the Arts ~ Modesto, CA; Chabot College Buffington Visual & Performing Arts Center ~ Hayward CA

Sept: Jack London Revue ~ Portland, OR; Triple Door ~ Seattle, WA; Sisters Folk Festival ~ Sisters, OR

California & New Mexico Tour 2018

October: I Mua: Hula in Unusual Places ~ Palace of Fine Arts ~ San Francisco CA; The Flickenger Center of the Performing Arts ~ Alamogordo NM

Performances 2018:

July 7, 2018 – Jesse performed with Loren Wilken and Brian McCree for the HPR recording event “Science Friday” Ira Flatow at the Kahilu Theatre at 7:30pm. The program was a great success with Jesse singing, playing sax, drums and his commentary.

July 8, 2018 – Gertrude’s Jazz Bar 6pm to 8pm with Kahulanui showcasing their Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning Jazz Album of the Year,  Mele Ho’oilina and Best Instrumental Composition, Kahulanui Boogie Woogie by Bill Noble ( It was a fun night with a sold out show.