Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Jake Shimabukuro on "The World" Today

"The World" on public radio today will air a feature on Jake:
"The ukelele (sic) has just four strings, and a very limited range. But one Hawaiian musician has taken the humble instrument out of its customary setting, and even scored a pop hit in Japan. A master musician demonstrates the power of the ukelele, from Beatles tunes to speed metal."
Check your local listings for airtime. Here's info for KQED. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Friday, June 24, 2005

Nirvana for Ukuleles!

TGIF: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as performed by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Link to mp3

Open Source Ukes

Ran across this amazing site when poking around on the King David site.
"The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format."
A search on "ukulele" turned up some real gems, like this 1918 Edison recording of an 'ukulele/mandolin duet, Ragtime Echos with the mysterious Marie Caveny on uke. Not to mention some Cliff Edwards classics here.

Take Your Uke on Your Trip!

Well, it's officially Summer, ukefans. So while you're off on your vacation rambles, be sure to snap a shot of your uke in front of local landmarks. Then send your snaps to Jerrold Connors, host of Ukulele Boogaloo and creator of Jiminy Kokopo's keen uke method book. Check out Jerrold's wonderful gallery of travellin' ukes, and don't miss the outstanding collection of chords, lyrics, and tabs! (Perfect stuff for your long car rides...) Link


Over on, a drop dead gorgeous 1914 six-string koa uke made by Leonardo (son of Miguel) Nunes. Link

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Uke Building Class at Windward Community College

For $275, Vicente Arkangel will teach you how to build your own uke, materials included! What a deal! Link

Friday, June 17, 2005


Check out the "Uke'Ellie," the new electric uke from Rigk Sauer, maker of the UkeSolid. Like the UkeSolid, the Uke'Ellie produces essentially no audible sound (until you plug it into an amp or amplified headphones), making it a perfect travel instrument. Link

Buffett fans get Jake, too

Wayne Harada has a nice piece in the Honolulu Advertiser about Jake's road experiences with Jimmy Buffett. Link

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Debut Release From Folk Uke

Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson, aka Folk Uke, were also gracious enough to send us their self-titled debut CD. (A word of caution: with it's liberal peppering of four-letter words, this album is not kid-friendly. It's all wonderfully done, but "Shit Makes the Flowers Grow" is just not something you want your four-year-old singing for company...) Also on the disk is a delightfully folksy rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me."

Backing instrumentals are provided by Cathy and Amy's dads. (Who I wouldn't mention at all except Fathers' Day is coming up, and who wouldn't want to have Cathy's dad or Amy's dad for a dad. Poke around on the Folk Uke site and you'll know why.) Link
(Thanks, Cathy and Amy!)

James Hill CD: "A Flying Leap"

James Hill was kind enough to send us a reviewing copy of his latest CD, "A Flying Leap." I've heard James perform live and have heard clips of his recordings, but this is the first CD I've heard all the way through. An incredible variety of material and styles here.

Best reason to buy: (Just one?) James's version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." James has a chord soloing style that is uniquely his, and I can't wait for him to publish a book of arrangements so I can rip him off. Link (Thanks, James!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Jake and The Dominator in Sacto

Dominator has posted pix of Jake Shimabukaro's recent appearance in Sacramento to his site. Link

Monday, June 13, 2005

Attn Parrotheads: Jake Touring with Jimmy!

From today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin:
Jimmy Buffett can barely contain his excitement: Ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro performs with him for seven concerts beginning Wednesday in Virginia.

"I can't wait until when Jake walks out onstage and sees 26,000 screaming people," Buffett says from Toronto, where he performs tonight.

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