Jake Shimabukuro

Photo by Eric Alan

  Jake Shimabukuro has become the world’s foremost ukulele player, taking the instrument into a wild range of musical realms beyond its Hawaiian origins. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is an electric trio release with bassist Nolan Verner and percussionist Evan Hutchings. He returns to Eugene for a performance at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute tonight, March 3rd, and he’s here live in the KLCC studios. 

Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro stopped by the KLCC studios for a live performance and interview before his appearance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, April 25th. He played songs ranging from traditional Hawaiian and Japanese music, to his signature cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He talked about adapting music to the ukulele, and the odd experience of being the subject of the documentary film Life on Four Strings.