Saturday, April 26, 2003

'New Uke New York' Ukulele

Phil Oppenheim sent the folllowing to me: May 24th and 25th * New Uke New York * Show(s) at 6:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15; Or $25 for Both Shows (special offer available at box office only) Joe's pub proudly announces the third annual 'New Uke New York' Ukulele Festival Featuring a weekend of the top Hawaiian influenced artists in the New York metropolitan area. Stay tuned to the Joe's Pub website or emails for artist line-up for this ever popular music festival. Discuss

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Matt T. sez:

Verve Japan (I think) are re-releasing some long-long-out-of-print ukulele albums in spiffy mini-LP packaging.

Lyle Ritz' 50th State Jazz, How About Uke, and Roy Smeck's Melodies With Memories.

I'm sure there are others but those are the ones I saw in a bricks-and-mortar store so I knew to search for them. They're all locatable at via a standard roman-alphabet search request.

[Mind you: I picked up "50th state jazz" last night, and I've only listened to it once, but to be honest I'm not sure I'm in love with it. I can't front on Ritz' ukulele skills, of course, but as jazz, the whole thing feels a little tame. (Some interesting instrumentation, though.) The (much) more recent duo album with Herb Ohta does a lot more for me.]

Matt also pointed out that you can buy the CDs on They cost over $30 each! Discuss

Friday, April 18, 2003

To support their swell "Ukeblitz" educational outreach program, the Key Strummers have published a companion songbook to their CD, "Are You Havin' Any Fun?" The songs in the book are in the same order and key as the CD so you can play along. Plus some surprise bonus songs! The songbooks are available for a $7.00 donation + $2.00 shipping. Contact Key Strummer director
Geoff Davis
for details; info on the CD is posted on their web site. Link Discuss

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

See if you can guess who this young uker is, then click through to Catfish Carl's Ukulele Freakshow to see if you're right. Lots more inside the tent...This way, folks! Link Discuss
Frank Ford, luthier extraordinaire and publisher of has posted a gallery of photos of Kamaka's "Ohta-San" model 14-fret concert ukulele. These are sweet ukuleles and have a great tone, but I still don't have the hang of playing with a low G-string. (Okay, commedians, I've set you up with the perfect straight line. I expect some good retorts in QuickTopic.) Link Discuss

Monday, April 14, 2003

Anyone out there an aspiring "Ukulele Reinhardt" or "Django Ike"? Here's your new axe! An acoustic archtop jazz tenor ukulele made by German luthier Stefan Sonntag. Link Discuss
Interesting photo from an article in yesterday's Honolulu Star-Bulletin about Korean War photographer Al Chang. One of his photos shows Sgt. 1st Class David Kauanui relaxing with buddies from the 25th Infantry during the Korean War. How's this for an MRE: canned poi and dried squid? Washed down with the dulcet tones of Sgt. Kauanui's ukulele. So ono! Link Discuss

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Attention all you Lone Star ukers. Don't miss the 2nd Annual Ukulele Festival, April 24th in the Ukulele Capital of Texas, San Antonio. Link Discuss

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Congratulations to Ukulelia Founder Mark Frauenfelder and First Ukulele Lady Carla on the birth of Jane Holly Frauenfelder, March 29, 2003! Here's big sis Sarina holding Jane, who already appears to be practicing her ukulele form! Discuss

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