Jake Shimabukuro | SFJAZZ
Widely recognized as “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro has created an international fanbase as a sensational performer whose concerts leave audiences awed, dazzled and delighted. Over the past decade, he's become a one-man army advancing the ukulele cause, turning the four-string axe into a supremely pliable musical vehicle, capable of generating everything from crunching, effects-laden rock to sensuously swinging jazz. Strumming with a hummingbird blur, he coaxes an impossibly big sound out of the little instrument, playing an intoxicating mix of pop tunes, American Songbook standards and lilting originals. Shimabukuro has released a series of lauded albums including his 2012 Alan Parsons-produced showstopper, Grand Ukulele, and Live in Japan from earlier this year. His latest album Nashville Sessions is a bold new facet in his career, finding him in the company of Nashville session aces Nolan Verner on bass and Evan Hutchings on drums in a project the leader describes as “like a jazz trio record, but with a more progressive rock sound.” It's a bravura recording that leaves no doubt why fellow string renegades such as banjo star Béla Fleck, fiddle wizard Darol Anger and cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma embrace Shimabukuro as one of their own.
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