Jake Shimabukuro first stunned the world nearly 15 years ago with his amazing ukulele rendition of George Harrison’s ballad “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, recorded while he sat at Central Park and now has nearly 17 million views on YouTube. Jake is an incredible music artist; in fact Guitar Player magazine called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele”. Recently Jake teamed up with bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston to release TRIO, a stunning new album featuring many of its songs written spontaneously in the studio. Jake joins us today from Hawaii to discuss this new album and his music journey.
About Jake Shimabukuro
Few artists arrive so clearly – and singularly – talented as Jake Shimabukuro. Guitar Player magazine called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.” And no less than Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, himself a four-string enthusiast, weighed in with this glowing assessment: “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with him.”
That’s because the Hawaii native was burning up the ground behind him. Since the release of his 2006 album, Gently Weeps, Jake has been riding a wave of breakthroughs and triumphs rare for any musician, let alone one who plays a ukulele. A tireless live performer, he’s floored audiences across the globe, appearing at music festivals as varied as Bonnaroo and the Fuji Rock Festival. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras at prestigious venues from the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. And all the while, he’s issued a string of chart-topping and award-winning albums that have challenged all notions of what is possible with a ukulele.
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