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Kibes37
02-27-2019, 08:49 PM
I’ll start:

Kalei Gamio
Andrew Molina
Feng E. (On the road to being the best by 15)
Kris Fuchigami
Brittni Paiva

mountain goat
02-27-2019, 09:30 PM
Cliff Edwards
Azo Bell
John King
Lyle Ritz
Lil' Rev

ukulelekarcsi
02-27-2019, 10:56 PM
Choices, choices... but if it helps to put people on the track of really good artists, I'm in.

These people's playing makes my jaw drop:
1. Ukulelezaza
2. Del Rey
3. James Hill
4. Adrien Janiak
5. Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee (you can't put one before the other, right?)

turtledrum
02-27-2019, 10:57 PM
Mountain Goat
Pabrizzer
Ukefoote
Mezcalero
Yukio

zztush
02-28-2019, 12:20 AM
https://i.ibb.co/gMGbS8v/page3.jpg (https://imgbb.com/)

Taimane Gardner, Ohta-san, Tomotaka Matsui, Jake Simabukuro, Ayano Tsuji

Jerryc41
02-28-2019, 12:59 AM
Those still alive -

Lil' Rev
James Hill
Chee/Maisel

and many, many more.

Jarmo_S
02-28-2019, 01:09 AM
I myself think that ones you get older by a few decades, the ability to answer such a question regarding what are current players and also the interest to such things will go away. It is the same as if someone asked this question about current guitar players, when the history of the past is so strong.

So the OP must be a young person. Nothing bad in that, we need new always new blood so to say :)
And you guys telling your opinions.

RafterGirl
02-28-2019, 01:09 AM
Three that I've seen perform in person - Taimane Gardner, Kris Fuchigami, Kimo Hussey

Two that I'd love to see in person - Jake, Kalei Gameo

LimousinLil
02-28-2019, 02:58 AM
mountain goat
pabrizzer
ukefoote
mezcalero
yukio


Seconded!!!

EDW
02-28-2019, 03:35 AM
I can't really say top or otherwise as there are so many players with different skills and styles to offer.

BUT-

In any serious discussions, I have to say that Byron Yasui and Benny Chong would have to be on the list. Both are masterful musicians


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoA-iOLSRRo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzWJA_q9qdg


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

You can find videos with Byron playing acoustic bass to accompany Benny.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-kcGsAQF-w

TobyDog
02-28-2019, 03:45 AM
Corey Fujimoto
Kimo Hussey
Del Rey
John King
Brittin Paiva

kerneltime
02-28-2019, 03:54 AM
I am still to discover many of the names here..
Great thread!
My list (no specific order)
Kimo Hussey
Herb Ohta (Jazz the glass!)
Daniel Ho
Alderine (Bandito is a great album)
Rob Mackillop
Lyle Ritz
Taimane Gardner
Honoko Azita

lfoo6952
02-28-2019, 04:13 AM
My list in no specific order:

Corey Fujimoto
Jake
Kimo Hussey
Herb Ohta Jr.
Gerald Ross

CTurner
02-28-2019, 05:31 AM
In any serious discussions, I have to say that Byron Yasui and Benny Chong would have to be on the list. Both are masterful musicians

*A big +1 from me for this---hugely unsung and underrated uke player is Benny Chong.

While I'm here I also add Abe Lagrimas Jr.,
who is astonishing on uke.

fretie
02-28-2019, 06:21 AM
Easy to think of my top five:

Jake
James
Corey
Aldrine
Taimane

bacchettadavid
02-28-2019, 06:32 AM
I'll chime in. Off the top of my head:

1. Benny Chong
2. Byron Yasui
3. Bryan Tolentino
3. Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
4. Imua Garza

gochugogi
02-28-2019, 06:36 AM
Byron Yasui was on my thesis committee in grad school! He was mainly known as a bass violin player, gigging at local jazz clubs and playing in the bass section of the Honolulu Symphony. After retirement he he really devoted himself to the 'ukulele. Even trained the first 'ukulele performance major at UH Manoa.

Kibes37
02-28-2019, 06:52 AM
I myself think that ones you get older by a few decades, the ability to answer such a question regarding what are current players and also the interest to such things will go away. It is the same as if someone asked this question about current guitar players, when the history of the past is so strong.

So the OP must be a young person. Nothing bad in that, we need new always new blood so to say :)
And you guys telling your opinions.

I am interested in new blood and becoming aware of current talent. There is a wave of new players using old styles as well as new that are INCREDIBLE. Obviously we needed the older players to influence and inspire.

Not sure what the point of this comment is. I do always appreciate input, though. Have a good one!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK06lXCWhVI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwjxmK7nAPo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5zuxnr-rJQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwP_oy9W7tw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-dBXU9KHmE

EDW
02-28-2019, 07:14 AM
Byron Yasui was on my thesis committee in grad school! He was mainly known as a bass violin player, gigging at local jazz clubs and playing in the bass section of the Honolulu Symphony. After retirement he he really devoted himself to the 'ukulele. Even trained the first 'ukulele performance major at UH Manoa.

He also wrote a ukulele concerto that Jake premiered with the Hawaii Symphony

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/music/about-us/faculty/byron-k-yasui/

Brad Bordessa
02-28-2019, 07:18 AM
This thread happens every couple years. Peter Moon is always missing any kind of mention.

glennerd
02-28-2019, 08:15 AM
Kalei is always at top, the order and sometimes names of others changes for me over time.

1. Kalei Gamiao
2. Benny Chong
3. Andy Eastwood
4. Kimo Hussey
5. Feng E.

JesterBlod
02-28-2019, 08:16 AM
Kalei
Corey
Kimo
Tobias Elof
Manitoba Hal

Bill Potter
02-28-2019, 09:57 AM
In no particular order:

Jake
James
Craig & Sarah
George Hinchliffe

actadh
02-28-2019, 04:10 PM
Valery Sauvage
Rob McKillop
Samantha Muir
Jake
Tamaine Gardner

Kibes37
02-28-2019, 04:23 PM
This thread happens every couple years. Peter Moon is always missing any kind of mention.

Nice call, been checking out his vids.

janeray1940
02-28-2019, 04:45 PM
All still living:
Ohta-San
Ukulelezaza
Tomotaka Matsui
Kenji Kondo
Mario Takada

No longer with us, but always deserving of a mention:
John King

gochugogi
02-28-2019, 04:55 PM
Valery Sauvage
Rob McKillop
Samantha Muir
Jake
Tamaine Gardner

Rob McKillop is also an amazing classical guitarist and kicks it good on the 10 stringer!

glennerd
02-28-2019, 06:30 PM
Lots of familiar names, but quite a few unfamiliar to me that I'm looking forward to checking out. Great thread here.

Jerryc41
03-01-2019, 12:25 AM
So many names I've never seen before!

MopMan
03-01-2019, 04:33 AM
My Faves:

Gerald Ross
Benny Chong
Kimo Hussey
Daniel Ho
Kalei Gamiao

Joyful Uke
03-01-2019, 05:53 AM
Pretty much anyone who can play ukulele inspires me. :-)
But, to somewhat randomly pick 5:

Jake Shimabukuro
Brittni Paiva
Kris Fuchigami
Daniel Ho
George Harrison (happy belated birthday, George.)

There are lots of names in the above posts that I'm not familiar with, so I'll be diving into YouTube to find out about them. Thanks for sharing all those names.

NewKid
03-05-2019, 02:50 PM
1. Jake
2. Ohta San
3. John King
4. Lyle Ritz
5. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Bill Sheehan
03-05-2019, 03:32 PM
Every name mentioned is tremendous. Very hard to narrow down to five! I would add Chris Hough, a/k/a "Ukulele Uff". Plays a Martin soprano like you wouldn't believe, and seems to be an incredibly nice person as well.

Sharpshin
03-05-2019, 04:17 PM
All of the above for sure and I think George Elmes ought to be on anyones list of contemporary uke artists and composers. Check out Skycraper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4tguFzSNYU
I will go look up some of the folks mention that I am not aware of. That should while away a few hours. my current favs below
Choan Galvez
Samantha Muir
Azo Bell
George Elmes
Mountain Goat
Pabrizzer
Jonathan Lewis