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itsme
02-27-2010, 01:47 PM
Wow! This is a very prestigious gig and something that's really going to open a lot of people's eyes to the uke. :) :cool:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=50624


2010 PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL FEATURES NEW ARTISTS AND JAZZ ICONS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH & 13TH AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Headliners include Chick Corea, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer and Los Van Van

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the world renowned Playboy Clubs where many jazz greats got their start. In keeping with that legacy, the 32nd annual Playboy Jazz Festival will present a world class lineup of talent featuring the highly anticipated debuts of emerging young artists, celebrated jazz icons, and returning Festival favorites. Among the headliners for the two day event to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th at the landmark Hollywood Bowl are The Chick Corea Freedom Band, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, and Los Van Van. Attracting over 35,000 fans annually, the Festival will showcase the diversity of jazz including everything from straight ahead to contemporary, blues to big band, salsa, and world music.

Here's their blurb on Jake:


A unique musical artist, Jake Shimabukuro is recognized as one of the world's most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, flamenco, and rock, the multitalented musicians goal is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of much more than traditional Hawaiian music. His knockout performances attract sellout crowds wherever he goes, and his latest release, Live, includes interpretations of everything from Bach to Michael Jackson and the Beatles. He was a featured guest on Yo-Yo Mas holiday album and in 2009 he appeared with Bette Midler in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at a fundraising concert in England. His appearance not only marks the Festival debut of a young visionary, but the first time Playboy has ever presented a solo ukulele player.

happyslappysoong
02-28-2010, 01:14 AM
Would've been a great gig to be at! Good on Jake for putting the Uke out there.