Music is the Bassist/Vocalist’s Passion

Alan Suemori
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

“The very thought of you, makes my heart sing, like an April breeze on the wings of spring . . .”

It is dinner hour at “53 by the Sea,” the upscale bistro overlooking Waikïkï, and Bruce Hamada’s voice is floating ethereally across the dining room as elegant, well-heeled customers hover over their meals.

“I give myself in sweet surrender, my one and only love . . .”

Hamada’s palette is the great American songbook and he sings of heartbreak, loss, the unforgettable optimism of youth and the gentle knowing of growing older. Tucked away in the corner of the restaurant, Hamada and his longtime musical collaborator, pianist Jim Howard, weave together the melodies of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern while his audience savors the last fading glimpses of Diamond Head at sunset.

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