Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, has won accolades from Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.
Wikipedia lists him as an American ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls (2007) and the Japanese remake of Sideways (2009).
Well known in Hawaii and Japan during his early solo career in the early 2000s, Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006, when a video of him playing a virtuosic rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first viral videos on that site. His concert engagements, collaborations with legendary musicians, media appearances, and music production have snowballed since then. In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings; it has screened in a variety of festivals, aired repeatedly on PBS, and been released on DVD.
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features....Jake Shimabukuro! We took it on the road this episode and taped it at the Music Box in downtown San Diego! We talk about great gifts from fans, his chess playing son and suggest some songs for him to cover in the future!