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johnson430
08-30-2015, 06:43 AM
I never see anyone on the forum talk about Takashi Nakumura.
That is until JustinJ shared a few links of him doing some amazing Jazz stuff on my thread about the Pekelo book 1 in the Uke Talk board.

Wow! TN is an amazing player with some awesome techniques.
How come no one talks about this guy?
I did a quick search on the forum and only found one comment about him.

Here is a sample of him "showing off":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaQGXIh94uc

Here are some more links to him playing:

TN doing the Jazz song Spain with a guy on a KALA u-bass ripping it up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DZM1jdHpxs


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hTMwGI69rY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVvNR9cptbk

Honestly, watching this guy inspired me to work harder at the uke.
Who else has never heard of this guy until now?
Or how many of you have been keeping him a secret from the rest of us?

ohmless
08-30-2015, 07:01 AM
I am nearly always impressed by our own Andrew Morse, though I don't believe he is a professional. http://youtu.be/AUR1alvWCMM

I am also amazed at the prowess and variety from Johnny Foodstamp who isn't the most known but one of my favorites. http://youtu.be/3sjK7DV2U3Y

Actually I am very impressed by anyone that can do the 12th street rag.

ohmless
08-30-2015, 07:08 AM
forgot to mention another couple worthwhile people.

Andy Eastwood is my favorite Formby style player. https://youtu.be/7KcdLAJ9KFg

and our Doug Frink. https://youtu.be/kGBXYeCvhLI

librainian
08-30-2015, 07:12 AM
Coo stuff. Thanks for the links. I will have to explore his channel further.

Purdy Bear
08-30-2015, 07:19 AM
It was Jake Shimabukuro and The GB Orchestra of Great Britain that got me started on the Uke, but then I went looking for lady players and found these:

Honoko and Azita - body surfing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4u8n_CjUDY&index=16&list=PLvgviF5YwTE1wC0V1AkXQ_EVi1VtD7plV

Brittni Paiva
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm4qnQ98-zU&index=32&list=PLvgviF5YwTE1wC0V1AkXQ_EVi1VtD7plV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98sBEaMvGQc

and for the Mandolin, the extraordinary player Marissa Carroll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL8XhxMLqbs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v3EWXnzjmE

photoshooter
08-30-2015, 07:42 AM
Check out this thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?109605-Favorite-Jazz-Uke-players-Chord-melody-style-vs-single-line-soloing). TN is mentioned a couple of times as well as many others worth checking out.
I stumbled onto him on youtube and was very impressed.

JustinJ
08-30-2015, 09:51 AM
It's truly amazing how versatile a four string instrument can be. In the hands of an artist, the possibilities are almost limitless. I enjoy seeing excellent musicians. I'm like you Johnson430. It encourages me to play.


If you like Takashi solo uke work, you should check out some of his guitar work.

This is Summertime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6-zoKGc1eI

I like how he adds a lot of feel to the song. Sometimes Jazz musicians will just play a lot of notes and not keep with the melody. I think he does a nice job of keeping the song interesting while staying with the melody. Also, some of the blues playing adds a nice touch to it.

hawaii 50
08-30-2015, 10:02 AM
How about Andreas and Corey..this one was epic.....btw Andreas is playing my new LFDM....:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsrSysVsX0M

CactusWren
08-30-2015, 10:04 AM
There is a guy named sean Reyes who shows up on Pandora. Hawaiian, but eclectic.

Icelander53
08-30-2015, 10:20 AM
forgot to mention another couple worthwhile people.

Andy Eastwood is my favorite Formby style player. https://youtu.be/7KcdLAJ9KFg

and our Doug Frink. https://youtu.be/kGBXYeCvhLI

Thank you for posting these. You made part of my day. :D

Icelander53
08-30-2015, 10:21 AM
I am nearly always impressed by our own Andrew Morse, though I don't believe he is a professional. http://youtu.be/AUR1alvWCMM

I am also amazed at the prowess and variety from Johnny Foodstamp who isn't the most known but one of my favorites. http://youtu.be/3sjK7DV2U3Y

Actually I am very impressed by anyone that can do the 12th street rag.

same same. wonderful!

johnson430
08-30-2015, 11:07 AM
Check out this thread (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?109605-Favorite-Jazz-Uke-players-Chord-melody-style-vs-single-line-soloing). TN is mentioned a couple of times as well as many others worth checking out.
I stumbled onto him on youtube and was very impressed.

Thanks for the link photoshooter. BTW, what do you shoot with? I use a Nikon D90.

johnson430
08-30-2015, 11:09 AM
There is a guy named sean Reyes who shows up on Pandora. Hawaiian, but eclectic.

Do you have a link to his soundcloud? Thanks.

johnson430
08-30-2015, 11:13 AM
How about Andreas and Corey..this one was epic.....btw Andreas is playing my new LFDM....:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsrSysVsX0M

But we all know these guys. Don't get me wrong, they are great players. I was hoping to enlighten folks about the obscure or less talked about innovative players like Takashi Nakumura. No one really talks about him and he is freakin' amazing. Even if Jazz isn't your forte.
Thanks for sharing this though.

hawaii 50
08-30-2015, 11:57 AM
But we all know these guys. Don't get me wrong, they are great players. I was hoping to enlighten folks about the obscure or less talked about innovative players like Takashi Nakumura. No one really talks about him and he is freakin' amazing. Even if Jazz isn't your forte.
Thanks for sharing this though.


sorry..i know everyone knows Corey but i never heard of Andreas David from Berlin before i met him here in Hawaii.....pretty sure he is an unknown uke player in the US....he might not be the greatest ukulele player but he is pretty good.....

CactusWren
08-30-2015, 01:26 PM
No, but here is his website with some samples.

http://www.shaunreyes.com/music.htm

(I mispelled his name in my post)

johnson430
08-30-2015, 02:28 PM
No, but here is his website with some samples.

http://www.shaunreyes.com/music.htm

(I mispelled his name in my post)

^^^^^^
That is why I was having a hard time finding him. Thanks for the clarification and the link, CactusWren. =)

Nickie
08-30-2015, 02:39 PM
Wow, it seems there is no end to awesome ukulele players out there. They certainly are inspiring. Thanks for giving us these links guys!

tangimango
08-30-2015, 09:01 PM
can anyone else do this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YkyE1aN_50
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFW1GUR074Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slM194PVyYM

JustinJ
08-31-2015, 04:30 AM
Look at the end of this video to see James Hill playing like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF5HsIpH5qY


can anyone else do this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YkyE1aN_50
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFW1GUR074Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slM194PVyYM

photoshooter
08-31-2015, 04:35 AM
Thanks for the link photoshooter. BTW, what do you shoot with? I use a Nikon D90.

My pleasure.
Nikon D3 and D700 over here.

Ukejenny
08-31-2015, 04:39 AM
If this is the gentleman I'm thinking of, he plays a beautiful version of Caravan. Wonderful musician.

KoaDependent
08-31-2015, 04:59 AM
Names I always throw out there in these kinds of threads. Players you should know if you don't already:
George Elmes (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWXxDe0SF6QY8oKiu3_HjkQ)
Jim Boggia (https://www.youtube.com/user/JimBoggia/featured)
Jan Laurenz (https://www.youtube.com/user/sprugian/featured) (he plays many different instruments, ukulele among them)
Zahra Lowzley (https://www.youtube.com/user/RobynLowzley)

Mind-blowingly good, all of them, in very different styles.

CactusWren
08-31-2015, 06:55 AM
Those are some great tips, KD. What would we do without Youtube?

johnson430
08-31-2015, 01:35 PM
Names I always throw out there in these kinds of threads. Players you should know if you don't already:
George Elmes (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWXxDe0SF6QY8oKiu3_HjkQ)
Jim Boggia (https://www.youtube.com/user/JimBoggia/featured)
Jan Laurenz (https://www.youtube.com/user/sprugian/featured) (he plays many different instruments, ukulele among them)
Zahra Lowzley (https://www.youtube.com/user/RobynLowzley)

Mind-blowingly good, all of them, in very different styles.

Awesome links, this is turning into a nice thread of links to great players.
So happy you shared this.

JustinJ
08-31-2015, 04:27 PM
This is the video of him playing Caravan. If you like this version, it's available in his book. The chords are not too bad but some of his strums are a different story. I've actually started implemented more of his percussive style in my playing, especially with some rests in the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGyOWD_rFyM


I've grown to really appreciate some of the strumming that you see on the uke. I've watched some banjole players and soprano players. It's really amazing and adds a unique color to the music.


If this is the gentleman I'm thinking of, he plays a beautiful version of Caravan. Wonderful musician.


I would also like to say thanks to the other posters listing other videos. There is always something to learn.

phil_doleman
09-01-2015, 10:55 AM
I've had the pleasure of playing several gigs alongside the aforementioned Andy Eastwood (Andy is the busiest uke player in the UK, he is literally always on the road, playing large theatre venues to big crowds. He tours with comedy legend Ken Dodd as well as producing and performing in his own nostalgia and music-hall shows), George Elmes (a lovely chap as well as a demon player) and Zahra Lowzley (phenomenal technique, unlike anyone else I've heard). Andy and George were both at the Ukulele Hooley in Dublin last weekend with me, great fun to jam with! I'd also add Ukulele Uff (Chris Hough) of 'Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave' (who was also in Ireland!)

In fact, here are me, George, Andy and Chris (plus Del Rey, Fred Sokolow, the Winin' Boys, The Dust Sweepers and Ken Middleton) playing the final jam!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzeZ8XmrAB8

I'm also a huge fan of my old band mate and best buddy Ian Emmerson. He doesn't gig as much at the moment, but he's a real 'natural' player and great entertainer to boot. Another player who isn't as well known as he should be is Patsy Monteleone. He's a proper old school crooner, knows all the American songbook songs and whilst it looks like he's not doing anything fancy on the uke, well, that's his real talent- he makes it look easy!

CactusWren
09-02-2015, 04:40 PM
This is about the coolest thing I've ever seen. Big Band Hawaiian with a good uke player, Duke Tatum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWzNwlzS_5s

johnson430
09-02-2015, 05:21 PM
This is about the coolest thing I've ever seen. Big Band Hawaiian with a good uke player, Duke Tatum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWzNwlzS_5s

Oh my. He is a great player. Loving the use of harmonics and his finger-style.
Thanks for sharing this.

Osprey
09-03-2015, 05:31 AM
Ow! That was different and very, very Google. It's great to see innovation in music
Cliff