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Keef
08-29-2010, 11:22 AM
I am somewhat new to the ukulele game who are the all time greats of ukulele playing past and present?

Kanaka916
08-29-2010, 11:34 AM
I'll start this list in alpha order . . . some of names below are just entertainers who play and others are individuals who perpetuate the ukulele.

Zee Avi
Craig Brandau
May Singhi Breen
Bob Brozman
Zach Condon (Beirut)
Matt Dahlberg
Dominator
Cliff Edwards
Troy Fernandez
George Formby
Kalei Gamiao
Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
Taimane Gardner
Imua Garza
Aldrine Guerrero
Greg Hawkes
James Hill
Ho'opi'i Brothers
Daniel Ho
Kimo Hussey
Earnest Kaai
Kalima Brothers
Jesse Kalima
Eddie Kamae
Israel Kamawiwaole
Moe Keale
John King
Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Sophie Madeiline
Peter Moon
Ohta-san
Herb Ohta, Jr.
Brittni Paiva
Julia Nunes
Lyle Ritz
Bill Tapia
Roy Sakuma
Derick Sebastian
Ralph Shaw
Jake Shimabukuro
Roy Smeck
Tiny Tim
Bryan Tolentino
Ukulele Bart
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Ukulele Ray
Victoria Vox
*Please note - the names added are from the first page only.

Nuprin
08-29-2010, 11:36 AM
Can't speak too much on the past, but four present greats are Jake Shimabukuro, Aldrine Guerrero, James Hill, and Matt Dahlberg. Both Aldrine and Matt are members of this forum as well.

Keef
08-29-2010, 11:41 AM
Let's not forget

Taimane gardner
and the un named uke boy

Graymalkin
08-29-2010, 12:40 PM
Zach Condon (Beirut) & Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) are making some of the most interesting ukelele-based music out there. I love Erin Cavellier's (Lady Lioness (http://ladylioness.bandcamp.com/album/a-cub-and-a-den)) stuff, too.

Ahnko Honu
08-29-2010, 12:46 PM
I grew up listening to Ohta San my dad being a big fan so to me he is on top of the list. Peter Moon another great from earlier times. The Kalima Brothers from Hilo, and the Ho'opi'i Brothers from Kahakuloa, Maui too.

mm stan
08-29-2010, 12:51 PM
Add, Brother IZ and Raiatea Helm too....

arw
08-29-2010, 01:01 PM
George Harrison?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs

mds725
08-29-2010, 01:15 PM
FWIW, Cliff "ukulele Ike" Edwards, who was mentioned in Kanaka916's post, introduced "Singin' In The Rain" as an ukulele song in 1929, and was the voice of Jiminy Cricket.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdN_NncZkM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6omeanjaweA

mds725
08-29-2010, 01:20 PM
She may not be one of the "greats" among ukulele players, but Sophie Madeiline is doing her part as a songweriter and ukulele performer to popularize the ukulele and spread some ukulele love.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kX1uaflYyY

luvdat
08-29-2010, 01:21 PM
I grew up listening to Ohta San my dad being a big fan so to me he is on top of the list. Peter Moon another great from earlier times. The Kalima Brothers from Hilo, and the Ho'opi'i Brothers from Kahakuloa, Maui too.

I didn't grow up listening to Ohta San but he's at the top of my list.

luvdat
08-29-2010, 01:30 PM
I didn't grow up listening to Ohta San but he's at the top of my list.

Not famous, but "great":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHmTM-ANPE
Warning: avoid this vid if you dislike the sound of ocean waves and the sweet voice of a beautiful woman. Also, she's using a pick...I forgive her...She's singing a Cliff Edwards tune, "I'll See You In My Dreams."

Makes you realize what it's all about...music.

I was so distracted I replied to my own post, LOL.

Regster
08-29-2010, 01:32 PM
put guting too with aldrine and matt dahlberg

ukecantdothat
08-29-2010, 01:43 PM
put guting too with aldrine and matt dahlberg

As far as UU locals are concerned, I'll put a strum out for Grumpy Coyote, AnnaUK, Sebi, Krabbers, and Little6ster (there are others, but I gotta go!).

Chris Tarman
08-29-2010, 01:53 PM
Add Roy Smeck to the list. Check him out on Youtube. And ukulele wasn't even his main instrument!

luvdat
08-29-2010, 02:36 PM
Add: Janet Klein, Ian Whitcomb.

Add also: Vincent Cortese (see his vids on YouTube): a student of Roy Smeck.

Cliff Edwards: genius.

Keef
08-29-2010, 03:16 PM
Thanks for all these names I am slowly googeling and you tubbing each one

rasputinsghost
08-29-2010, 04:22 PM
Bob Brozman.

Markwell
08-29-2010, 04:41 PM
George Harrison?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
There's this too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5CkIniOcqs

kenikas
08-30-2010, 05:40 AM
A couple of young guys keeping family tradition going, Keoki Kahumoku and David Kamakahi. As aside note I just got Troy Fernandez' Hawaiian Style Ukulele, great stuff! I've always loved the Ka'au Crater Boys, but Troys CD just blew me away.

Lexxy
08-30-2010, 05:52 AM
Do i hear Ledward Kaapana?

Uke Republic
08-30-2010, 05:58 AM
I'll start this list in alpha order . . . some of names below are just entertainers who play and others are individuals who perpetuate the ukulele.

Zee Avi
Craig Brandau
May Singhi Breen
Bob Brozman
Zach Condon (Beirut)
Matt Dahlberg
Dominator
Cliff Edwards
Troy Fernandez
George Formby
Kalei Gamiao
Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
Taimane Gardner
Imua Garza
Aldrine Guerrero
Greg Hawkes
James Hill
Ho'opi'i Brothers
Daniel Ho
Kimo Hussey
Earnest Kaai
Kalima Brothers
Jesse Kalima
Eddie Kamae
Israel Kamawiwaole
Moe Keale
John King
Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Sophie Madeiline
Peter Moon
Ohta-san
Herb Ohta, Jr.
Brittni Paiva
Julia Nunes
Lyle Ritz
Cali Rose
Bill Tapia
Roy Sakuma
Derick Sebastian
Ralph Shaw
Jake Shimabukuro
Roy Smeck
Tiny Tim
Bryan Tolentino
Ukulele Bart
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Ukulele Ray
Victoria Vox
*Please note - the names added are from the first page only.

What he said!

misterpk
08-30-2010, 06:14 AM
A couple of young guys keeping family tradition going, Keoki Kahumoku and David Kamakahi. As aside note I just got Troy Fernandez' Hawaiian Style Ukulele, great stuff! I've always loved the Ka'au Crater Boys, but Troys CD just blew me away.

Troy is awesome. Hawaiian Style Ukulele Vol. 1 is one of my favorite uke CDs. He's not as flash as Jake or James Hill but he's a monster in his own right. :) I think he just released Volume 2? I haven't ordered it yet but it's on my list.

I'll throw in Carl Ray Villaverde into the mix. Check out his youtube videos if you haven't seen them yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQuAjCoEvs8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFdrLu7o9w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDs2Xb_VF1o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW5_chAgg8c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJGLfNH5P0

hoosierhiver
08-30-2010, 07:08 AM
Gus and Finn (GUGUG) are always high on my list.
Some other awesome current players that haven't been mentioned yet include: The Reentrants, Ken Middleton, Russbus, Seeso, Casetone2514, Krabbers, Craig Robertson, DeG, Jason Arimoto(facemeltinguke), Jon Pak(keonepax), Max from Japan, The Heftones, Lil' Rev.

I'm sure I've left out lots of them.

arashi_nero
08-30-2010, 09:57 AM
Troy is awesome. Hawaiian Style Ukulele Vol. 1 is one of my favorite uke CDs. He's not as flash as Jake or James Hill but he's a monster in his own right. :) I think he just released Volume 2? I haven't ordered it yet but it's on my list.

I'll throw in Carl Ray Villaverde into the mix. Check out his youtube videos if you haven't seen them yet:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQuAjCoEvs8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFdrLu7o9w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDs2Xb_VF1o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW5_chAgg8c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJGLfNH5P0

i'm actually good friends with carl ray's son, kawika villaverde. his son plays about as good as his dad does. he's an absolutely genious and definitely takes after his dad. so, i'll second carl ray villaverde. here's a pic with me and carl ray's son:
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=15698

i also think john lennon, george harrison, and paul mccartney should be added to the list. they all three played uke from the beginning.

a new uker who is shamelessly plugging the uke in his concerts is billy corgan. i guess eddie vedder is also a shameless uker.

misterpk
08-30-2010, 11:05 AM
Wow! If Kawika is as good as Carl, learn everything you can. :)

beergeek
08-30-2010, 11:33 AM
There are so many uu'ers that belong on that list. I'm so impressed by what people here are able to do!

Lexxy
08-30-2010, 12:27 PM
There are so many uu'ers that belong on that list. I'm so impressed by what people here are able to do!

Amen to that! :)

olgoat52
08-31-2010, 06:32 AM
I'll start this list in alpha order . . . some of names below are just entertainers who play and others are individuals who perpetuate the ukulele.

Zee Avi
Craig Brandau
May Singhi Breen
Bob Brozman
Zach Condon (Beirut)
Matt Dahlberg
Dominator
Cliff Edwards
Troy Fernandez
George Formby
Kalei Gamiao
Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs)
Taimane Gardner
Imua Garza
Aldrine Guerrero
Greg Hawkes
James Hill
Ho'opi'i Brothers
Daniel Ho
Kimo Hussey
Earnest Kaai
Kalima Brothers
Jesse Kalima
Eddie Kamae
Israel Kamawiwaole
Moe Keale
John King
Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Sophie Madeiline
Peter Moon
Ohta-san
Herb Ohta, Jr.
Brittni Paiva
Julia Nunes
Lyle Ritz
Bill Tapia
Roy Sakuma
Derick Sebastian
Ralph Shaw
Jake Shimabukuro
Roy Smeck
Tiny Tim
Bryan Tolentino
Ukulele Bart
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Ukulele Ray
Victoria Vox
*Please note - the names added are from the first page only.

Super list. Thanks.

cletus
08-31-2010, 06:46 AM
Gus and Finn (GUGUG) are always high on my list.

Yes indeed!

ukecantdothat
08-31-2010, 07:56 AM
I'll put hoosierhiver on that list, too...

1014
08-31-2010, 08:19 AM
no hate, but some of you have a loose interpretation of whats considered the "greats."

rasputinsghost
08-31-2010, 08:22 AM
I agree....

edit: To contribute further, if we're including Mike from Mainland as a great, we have to include the Kamakas and Joe Souza. Chuck Moore too.
And Al Wood, from Ukulelehunt. And Tony and Margaret Coleman, for making the Mighty Uke!

hoosierhiver
08-31-2010, 09:11 AM
I'll put hoosierhiver on that list, too...

Wow. I appreciate that, but I have to give alot of the credit to my chickens.

ukecantdothat
08-31-2010, 09:21 AM
Wow. I appreciate that, but I have to give alot of the credit to my chickens.
Braw-braw-braaaaaaawk!

Swampy Steve
08-31-2010, 09:24 AM
I think Aaron Keim is doing some stuff that is new with uke, or at least putting it in the limelight
Steve

ukecantdothat
08-31-2010, 03:02 PM
no hate, but some of you have a loose interpretation of whats considered the "greats."

Understood, but one doesn't have to be a phenom to be considered "great" - just to advance the instrument in any way is a good start to greatness, no matter what that instrument may be. I loves me some Al DiMeola, but I get off equally on a sloppy (I mean that in a good way) Neil Young solo, to use a guitar analogy.