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Multi-Instrumentalist - Vocalist - Recording Artist - Arranger

Join Jesse Snyder and Gary Washburn every Wednesday through Saturday at Manta in the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for JAZZ from 6p to 9p.

Jazz at Manta album
For sale in the Shop Now!
an album of originals and jazz standards

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Jazz at Manta by
Jesse Snyder and Gary Washburn

Jazz at Manta is an album of originals and a selection of jazz favorites generated by popular demand and executed by the dynamic duo of Gary Washburn, a recognized jazz educator and multi-instrumental musician along with Jesse Snyder, able and versatile saxophone/clarinet player and simultaneous drummer.

The two have been performing at the Manta Restaurant in the famed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the big island of Hawaii for the past 5 years. They have a musical chemistry and syncopated communication that is heard and seen in their live performances Wednesday through Saturday at Manta and on the album.

Gary Washburn is a gifted and prolific songwriter. His Mauna Kea Beach Blues opens the album followed by Soft Touch, both are upbeat and funky tunes.

The album includes favorites of Gary and Jesse that are often requested and loved by the guests and residents of the MKBH properties:


If You Never Come To Me by Antonio Carlos Jobim;

On a Little Street in Singapore by Peter DeRose & Billy Hill;

Dream a Little Dream of Me by Gus Kahn

Pure Imagination by Lesley Bricusse & Anthony Newley

Too Close for Comfort by Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Lawrence Holofcener

Tangerine by Victor Schertzinger

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg

Bali Hai by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II


Jazz at Manta was recorded by Karl Kasberg at his Kamuela studio, mixed by Karl Kasberg and Jesse Snyder and mastered by Garey Shelton.


Produced by Gary Washburn, Jesse Snyder & Andree Fallas

Manta Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection


Cover design by Keli Ann of Illuminations, Andree Fallas and Jesse Snyder

Photography by Terry Warner

Special Aloha and Mahalo to:  Washburn Ohana, Fisher & Snyder Ohana, Kona Fallas, Keith Mallini, Kansas Henderson, Craig Anderson, Michael Hofstedt II, Silvia, Juliana, Sherry Ikezawa, Garvin, Jenna, Thor, Melanie, all Manta Crewmembers, Richard Russell, Brad Doell, Britteny Embernate, Forestone, Rovner Products and all our fans and friends that make our musical world go round.

Jazz at Manta CD or Download is available at Manta Restaurant Mauna Kea Beach Hotel during performances, online at, on Spotify, iTunes and 150+ streaming sites or by mail order from Sax Monkey Hawaii, POB 2723, Kamuela HI 96743.


Visit Gary at Gary Scott Washburn on Facebook.

Visit Jesse at and Jesse J Snyder Group Page on Facebook.


Jazz at Manta is dedicated to the fond memory of Gary’s brother Kent Washburn who passed away in 2021. Rest in love.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE 2022  Hawai'i Island 

Wednesdays through Saturdays – Jesse and Gary Washburn at Manta Lounge & Restaurant at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Tuesdays – Jesse and Warren Kaneao at Kingsland Waikoloa Clubhouse 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Honored to be a Rovner Ambassador!
Jesse Snyder Support

In these restrictive times please make contributions to continue efforts in keeping Jesse's music alive and in support of the entertainment industry through:

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Venmo - Jesse-Snyder-sax

Snail mail - Sax Monkey Hawaii, POB 2723, Kamuela, HI 96743

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The Red Water Trio plays classic jazz and bossa-nova standards primarily from the Great American Songbook and have been performing together for more than 10 years. As printed on the album jacket, “we aspire to honor and help keep alive the astonishing music that lives in the legacy of jazz, just waiting for us in these so-called standards…”  Jesse Snyder, Brian McCree and Richard Russell are three multi-talented musicians who have developed a unique sound playing this intriguing and memorable music.

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