Issue 9

Family and friends remember Dang at a memorial in Hawaii.

Aloha, Edgar Dang

At Aloha Warehouse in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, co-owner Edgar Dang spread his love of Hawaiian music and culture—one ukulele at a time. This winter, Dang unexpectedly passed away in his sleep, at age 56, but his vision and legacy…

Laura Benanti playing the Ukulele on "Nashville"

‘Nashville’ star Laura Benanti Is Bitten By the Uke Bug

“Please don’t ask me where you know me from,” Laura Benanti’s bio reads on her hilarious, unfiltered Twitter account (@LauraBenanti). If Benanti does look familiar, it could be through any number of her roles. The 35-year-old Tony-winning actress and ukulele…

One of Heidi Swedberg’s workshops for so-called grown-ups' © Jill Richards

Get Out & Play: Summer 2015

Hone your skills and have a blast at a uke summer camp just for adults By Louise Lee Whether you’re already learning the ukulele or want to pick up the instrument, attending a ukulele camp could be the perfect chance…


Pono mgbd ukulele

Pono’s MGBD Mango Baritone Serves Up Sweet Sounds

By Marc Greilsamer | From the Summer 2015 issue of Ukulele For some reason, the baritone ukulele seems to be a relatively overlooked instrument. Because of its larger size and linear DGBE tuning, it’s often dismissed as nothing more than…

Graziano Selmer Style tenor

Graziano Selmer Style Uke tenor boasts a unique voice

Graziano Selmer Style tenorCalifornia luthier Tony Graziano began making instruments in 1969, and since 1995, the affable Santa Cruz-based builder has been focusing almost exclusively on making ukuleles for enthusiasts and professional players. Though he offers several standard models, most…


Stephanie Jeong gleems with joy as she shows off her Kamaka at the Ukulele Club of Chinatown in San Francisco

Ukulele Club of Chinatown in San Francisco

In the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown district, the largest Chinese community outside Asia, the Ukulele Club of Chinatown meets to celebrate music from America and China. The club is organized by the Chinese Congregational Church, one of the…