Classical master and historian John King was a true pioneer in the ukulele universe. He applied his classical guitar training to ukulele and took the instrument seriously.
May Singhi Breen, "The Ukulele Lady," got the New York Musician's Union to include the ukulele on its list of instruments and created a teaching method for the instrument on the mainland.
Auntie Genoa Keawe was a masterful singer and fine ukulele player who had a profound influence on Hawaiian music during the entire second half of the 20th century.
A true ukulele rock star, Sione Aleki's showmanship on uke conjures up images of Jimi Hendrix freaking out unsuspecting audiences with similar techniques.
For over 50 years Eddie Kamae was at the forefront of the Hawaiian renaissance as a traditional ukulele player, singer, composer, bandleader, producer, and more.
Jazz ukulele pioneer Lyle Ritz’s 2 albums for Verve, How About Uke? (1958) and 50th State Jazz (1959), were hugely influential among a generation of Hawaiian ukulele players.
All modern ukulele players, whether or not they know it, owe a large debt to this gifted musician
From the Summer 2016 issue of Ukulele | BY AUDREY COLEMAN The opening moments of “Stardust” come in leisurely phrases, as if the musician is pausing to reflect on cherished memories. Each note has a purity. As the song’s regular…
From the Fall 2014 issue of Ukulele | BY MARCY MARXER A visionary player on the ukulele, guitar, tenor banjo, and lap-steel guitar, the vaudeville performer Roy Smeck certainly earned his nickname “Wizard of the Strings.” Born in Reading, Pennsylvania…
"King" Bennie Nawahi was a true crossover artist on ukulele and other instruments, long before anyone thought of that label.