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Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one could have imagined back in the golden years of Don Ho, ranging freely across the music spectrum from jazz, blues, and funk to bluegrass, classical, and folk with the ease of a musician fully in command of the possibilities of his chosen instrument. Born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro was given his first ukulele lesson by his mother when he was only four years old. Fascinated by the uke, he eventually began playing regularly at a local Honolulu café. He was a founding member of Pure Heart, and played on the trio's first two albums before leaving to form Colon. In 2001 Shimabukuro began his solo career, releasing Elaine Maru (In Memory Of) on Surfside Records that same year. He signed with Epic in 2002 and released Sunday Morning on the label a year later, following it with Skyline in 2003. In 2005 he found an international distributor for his own label, Hitchhike Records, and began issuing his own CDs, including Crosscurrent, Dragon, My Life, and the much lauded Gently Weeps, which included a haunting version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Shimabukuro has completely rewritten the book on the possibilities of the ukulele, and his skill on the instrument attracted the ear and attention of Béla Fleck, who has used Shimabukuro as both an opening act and as a sit-in guest with the Flecktones. Shimabukuro's 2011 release, Peace, Love, Ukulele, topped Billboard's World Albums chart, and he followed it with Grand Ukulele, produced by Alan Parsons with orchestrations by Kip Winger (and recorded live with no overdubs), in the fall of 2012. Three years later in October 2015, Shimabukuro returned with Travels, a collection less ambitious in scope than its predecessor but still quite varied. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Grand Ukulele

1. Ukulele Five-O

2. Rolling In The Deep

3. Gentlemandolin

4. More Ukulele

5. Missing Three

6. Music Box

7. 1 4 3

8. Over The Rainbow

9. Island Fever Blues

10. Fields Of Gold

11. Gone Fishing

12. Akaka Falls

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Track List: Peace Love Ukulele

1. 143 (Kelly's Song) 2011

2. Bohemian Rhapsody

3. Bring Your Adz

4. Boy Meets Girl

5. Go For Broke

6. Trapped 2010

7. Variation On A Dance 2010

8. Pianoforte 2010

9. Five Dollars Unleaded 2010

10. Ukulele Bros.

11. Hallelujah

12. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Version)

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Track List: Live

1. Trapped (Live)

2. Pianoforte (Live)

3. Bach Two-Part Invention No.4 In D Minor (Live)

4. Me And Shirley T. (Live)

5. Spain (Live)

6. Five Dollars Unleaded (Live)

7. Let's Dance-Prelude (Live)

8. Let's Dance (Live)

9. Talk Story I "Michael Jackson On Ukulele..." (Live)

10. Thriller (Live)

11. Orange World (Live)

12. Wes On Four (Live)

13. Talk Story Ii "Thirteen-String Japanese Koto..." (Live)

14. Sakura Sakura (Live)

15. Dragon (Live)

16. Yeah (Live)

17. Talk Story Iii "From Ukulele Disco To Youtube..." (Live)

18. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live)

19. 3rd Stream (Live)

20. Blue Roses Falling (Hanahour) (Live)

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Track List: Hula Girls

1. On The Road

2. Walking Down Rainhill

3. The Dance

4. Touch (Alternate Take)

5. Hawaiian Eyes

6. Opening Day

7. Hula Girl

8. Heartbeat (Movie Version)

9. Heartbeat (Reprise)

10. Touch

11. Hula Girl (Acoustic Version)

12. Local Boys

13. Walking Down Rainhill (Alternate Take)

14. Wish On My Star

15. Graduation

16. Hula Girl

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Track List: Gently Weeps

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

2. Ave Maria

3. Wish On My Star

4. Sakura

5. The Star-Spangled Banner

6. Let's Dance

7. Misty

8. Spain

9. Heartbeat / Dragon

10. Blue Roses Falling (Solo Version)

11. Grandma's Groove

12. Breathe

13. Angel

14. Lazy Jane

15. Hula Girl

16. Beyond The Break

17. Wish On My Star (Vocal Version)

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Track List: Dragon

1. Shake It Up!

2. Dragon

3. Circle Of Friends

4. Me & Shirley T.

5. Floaters

6. 3rd Stream

7. Touch

8. En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor

9. Toastmanland

10. Making A Perfect Yesterday

11. Looking Back

12. With U Always

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Track List: Crosscurrent

1. Crosscurrent

2. Toastman's Dilemma

3. Fragile

4. I've Been Thinking

5. Wish On My Star

6. Spain

7. Mrs. Robinson

8. Skyline

9. Orange World

10. When You're Down

11. Beat Of My Heart

12. Hana

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Track List: Sunday Morning

1. Sand Channel

2. Love Is...

3. Selections From Caprice No.24

4. Sunday Morning

5. My Heart Will Go On

6. Toastmaker's Revenge

7. Sleep Walk

8. Let's Dance

9. Close To You

10. Crazy G (live)

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Track List: Walking Down Rainhill

1. Heartbeat

2. Rainbow

3. Walking Down Rainhill

4. Grandma's Groove

5. 6 In The Morning

6. Toastman's Wave

7. Blue Roses Falling

8. Hikaru Kaigaru

9. Wes On Four

10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

11. Equator

12. Heartbeat (Reprise)

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I saw him live in 2004, on Maui, MACC. Front row and he sat on the edge of the stage and played to my son and I. Oh so amazing!
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dukepacleb0
Thank you jake for sharing your God given talent with everyone... please create more gifts you can share.... you are universally blessed bro.
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maorigel0528
Amazing! Talentend and I feel his love for the instrument.
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Reeeally nice and very innovative!
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krv572
Delete station
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sgunterrn
Absolutely love it!
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YES SO COOL YO !!!!!!!!!!
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meshagl
Great!
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cdriscol2001
Mad skill and a true artists insights
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Limitations are constructs of the mind. Creative inspiration is limitless. Jake did not listen to the naysayers and his imagination allowed him to explore uncharted musical territory. Bravo!
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he is good
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roseanna.bat t i s t a
For him to do Sting is heavenly...o h , how nice.
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Whoa!
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jihanley1
My ukulele only has four strings, his must have a dozen!
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I own a uke and I can't figure out how he does what he does with this 'limited' instrument. It is wild!
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Listened to Jake Shimabukuro first time. Incredible, passionate, inspiring, so full of life and sense of Spirit. I loved this and will recommend to others also. I want to listen more and hear some of Jake's different playing styles.
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Master O Uke-Jazz CrossOver!
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To do what he does with what he has instrument wise, is nuts.
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I Love to listen to a ukulele radio before I go to sleep, sets me in a good mood for the next day. And whenever I don't listen to music, I wake up every 20 minutes and it sucks.. But yeah Love this guy
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It sounds tapical too me
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dokroh4
Emily is stupid just like a dog!
And my name is Emily ��
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dokroh4
Peaceful isn't it
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
His music reminds me of Manoa rainbows and rainforest hikes, gentle surf, gentle people of Hawaii. World needs more gentle male energy like this.
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Just so musical and perfict
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jjrice.2010
If I can play like Jake, I can get all the Ladies...... N O T !
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roseanna.bat t i s t a
He is so good.
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I also saw him concert!! And met him afterwards.. what a nice guy and an amazing performer!!! I've never know you could play a ukulele like that!!
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Amazing Talent!
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Just saw him in concert a week ago~ amazing! He is so passionate about it!
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megilee
Not good
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trueself2000
Saw him in Austin in '04 opening for Jamie Cullum and can't forget his performance to this day.
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Saw him in Jacksonville OR sat night, blew us away
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wist38
Cool Breeze
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Well said bradda jaydee...jak e is taking the music where it has never been!
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Would of loved to hear Shimabukuro uke with the voice of "IZ". That sound of the the islands pulls at your heart and majesty pleases the soul.
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Almost as good as Roy Smeck!
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lmanalisay
Saw him this week at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville , FL. How did God fit so much talent, beauty, and LOVE in one human? Truly one of the most amazing artists/musi c i a n s EVER!
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so beautiful... . . . . . like Sydney..
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wow, such music with just a ukulele!!
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firebrim6605
He came up under my Spanish Guitar station. I haven't really heard it with a ukelele. Very interesting. And then he throws in a little Santa action to spice things up even more. Quite talented.
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I lived on Oahu for 7 years and traveled the outer island frequently, attending many concerts to listen and experience the many rich cultural music forms Hawaii-based musicians and/or local halau artists have produced and perform. I fell in love with it all, especially slack key guitar. Jake is so masterful at capturing and playing the uke in musical idioms that transcend the sound of the islands but music that is classical and lyrical appealing to all who love the music of strings.
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loves me some Ukulele....
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What a wonderful gift to share with our world. Mahalo nui loa, Jake!!!
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Just saw Jake last night in Illinois. Wow. What virtuosity; and so incredibly humble. Amazing.
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Jake is amazing, and inspiring. :) Please continue to do what you do, beautiful ukulele musician.
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scorpiokisss
Just saw him last night at the Birchmire in Alexandria VA. Amazing talent! I love his version of Bohemian Rhapsody and the way he plays he plays the Ukelele like a rock star!
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enjaykayster
I just saw,listened and was amazed by Jake Shimabukuro at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Wonderful talent and humble too. An entertainer, showman and nice young man. Congrats to his baby mama for their new son. A great evening. Thank you.
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Wow! I like this one. Sting is a really cool artist!!
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