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.
Ukulele virtuoso Benny Chong has had an incredible musical career, from starting out in Don Ho's backing band in the '60s to now leading jazz ukulele workshops around the world.
From large manufacturers to solitary craftspeople, ukulele makers are making greener choices and embracing the shift towards responsible, sustainable practices.
There's a lot of love for the ukulele in Lansing, Michigan, including the world's largest uke, the week-long Might Uke Day festival, Uke-mecca Elderly Instruments and much more.
BY BLAIR JACKSON | PHOTOS BY LILA LEE | FROM THE WINTER 2020 ISSUE OF UKULELE Not to be confused with a certain similarly named, mega-popular Irish band that makes anthemic stadium rock, has sold 170 million albums, and won…
Some people swear by them, some people will never use one. For those who are in between, here's a guide to ukulele picks and why you might want to use one.
“There are a lot of musicians that think the spotlight is always on them. We have to be willing to share the stage. For a kanikapila to work, you need people who can play with other musicians.
By Stephanie Powell It started with a simple idea: Plant a koa tree for every ukulele that Kanile’a built. But thriving forests don’t exist with only one species of tree, and so the dream turned into a challenge: create a…
In Yasui’s view, the ukulele merits “music to be taken seriously."
Grace VanderWaal captured the imagination of seemingly every audience member the moment when the ‘tween walked onstage with a ukulele to sing a song for her audition on America’s Got Talent. Now, the 13-year-old singer-songwriter, and winner of the popular…