Recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers,
Jake Shimabukuro is known for his lightning-fast fingers and unique playing techniques. He views his instrument of choice as an “untapped source of music with unlimited potential.”
Falling in love with the instrument at the tender age of four, Jake’s affection grew into a deep passion. Experimenting with various techniques, he creates sounds never thought possible on the tiny four-string, two-octave instrument. From his amazing cover of George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps to a haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen‘s Hallelujah, this young but worldly musician simply defies categorizing. He plays everything from jazz, blues, and funk, to classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and even rock proving time and again that the ukulele is capable of so much more than just traditional Hawaiian music.
From a modest beginning performing at a local Honolulu café, Jake has gone on to play renowned and popular venues and festivals across the globe. He has also recorded several CDs, composed music for a movie and performed on national television. Jake is also the subject of a PBS documentary, Life on Four Strings.
Jake’s performances captivate audiences with intricate strumming and plucking, electrifying high-energy grooves and smooth, melodic ballads. In the years to come, he plans to continue recording, performing, collaborating, and, above all, staying happy.
For show dates and more information on Jake’s worldwide Uke Nations tour, please visit:
While visiting O’ahu, Health Beauty Life with Patrick Dockry had the opportunity to chat with this amazing musician.
By: Kelly Taggart
Photos: Courtesy of Jake Shimabukuro