Two for Tuesday: Jake Shimbakuro

Jake Shimbakuro was born in Hawai’i, and received his first ukulele from his mother, an accomplished player herself, when he was four. According to his mom, he’d play the uke for hours on end, which is probably why he’s such a virtuoso now. He’s recorded ten albums that are available in the United States and several more that are available only in Japan, and there are numerous videos of him on YouTube.

Here are a couple of tunes from him. The first is Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” recorded at TED in 2010 (at or around the seven-minute mark, there is a lengthy commercial for Rolex watches. Just thought you should know). The second is a recording of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” recorded in Central Park at the Strawberry Fields memorial. It was uploaded in 2006, so it ws probably recorded then.

Jake’s website is here. Check it out and the many other videos on YouTube. Enjoy!

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