Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro


Marty listens as Jake Shimabukuro explains how he converts orchestral arrangements for the solo ukulele.

Hour 2

[REBROADCAST] If the word “ukulele” conjures visions of slow, sleepy Hawaiian music, that’s just where virtuoso JAKE SHIMABUKURO wants you at the start of a show: He thrives upending the low expectations people have of his instrument. Because there’s very little about what he does on the traditional Hawaiian instrument that sounds “sleepy” or “slow.” Jake has been playing the instrument since age 4, and sincerely believes the world would be a more peaceful place if everyone played one. He’s doing his part to lead a worldwide resurgence of interest in the instrument, as his iconic performance of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has gained more than 6 million views on YouTube. Last winter Shimabukuro performed in front of a live audience as Marty Moss-Coane interviewed him on his life. He played selections from his recent album, “Peace Love Ukulele,” and some classics from his wide repertoire.

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