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Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) is a ukulele virtuoso known for his lightning-fast fingers. His music combines elements of jazz, rock, Hawaiian, and pop.
A fifth generation Japanese American, Jake initially gained attention in Hawaiʻi in 1998 as a member of the trio "Pure Heart", playing alongside Lopaka Colon (percussion), and Jon Yamasato (guitar). While Jake was working at a music store in Honolulu, the group released their eponymous debut album, featuring a sound and style very similar to the Kaʻau Crater Boys. The following year, they released Pure Heart 2, which earned them a Hoku award for Island Contemporary Album of the year. Jon departed for college shortly thereafter, to be replaced by Guy Cruz, younger brother of the Kaʻau Crater Boys' Ernie Cruz, Jr. The group continued to perform together through the summer of 2000, after which Jake decided to pursue a solo career.
He has released an instructional DVD called "Play Loud Ukulele." Shimabukuro has toured with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Jimmy Buffett and most recently in Australia with Tommy Emmanuel.
His influences include Eddie Van Halen, George Harrison, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Lee and Carlos Santana.
Jake gained internet popularity from a video of him playing of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by the Beatles in Central Park. He played with the band on the Last Call with Carson Daly TV program on February 15, 2007 (reaired April 24, 2007).Related Posts- Hannes Coetzee from Documentary film "Karoo Kitaar Blues", plays slide guitar with a teaspoon in his mouth
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