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keluitry
10-07-2013, 10:25 PM
Hi,

Recently started playing uke, perhaps 3-ish months ago. Anyway, my main instrument is saxophone, and I'm serious about that. Uke is just a side for a bit of fun.

Anyway, wondering if jazz can be played on a uke. Would I just play the same chords you would on a piano? Take the ii-V-I progression, Dm7 - G7 - C7....that kinda thing?

Reggae is also something I like, so can you play that too?

Thanks.

Tootler
10-07-2013, 10:36 PM
Check out this recent thread.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?86605-Jazz-Chords

Should answer your question and a few more you may have.

PhilUSAFRet
10-07-2013, 11:26 PM
Can play pretty much anything on a uke that you can on most other instruments. Have you seen Kamoa's version of an ES335?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O0lTAB5ups

Just go to YouTube and search ukulele jazz and/or reggae

Ambient Doughnut
10-08-2013, 12:36 AM
Argh! That Kamoa! Want Want WANT! :drool:

/edit - and they don't seem to exist for sale anywhere - what happened?

Wicked
10-08-2013, 01:03 AM
I believe they are made to order now. Give them a call.

Ambient Doughnut
10-08-2013, 01:21 AM
Can't I just have yours? ;)

thanks - I shall investigate...

Wicked
10-08-2013, 08:10 AM
Lyle was also the bassist on a bunch of studio recordings:

The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations"
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey"
Lesley Gore, "It's My Party"
The Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"

Imagine all of the children in the world that had been conceived due to "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"... I hold Lyle personally responsible.

janeray1940
10-08-2013, 08:23 AM
Look up a player called Lyle Ritz. I believe he put out a jazz album in 1957 playing a ukulele, called "How About Uke", and another in 1959 called "50th State Jazz". I think he did have a break from ukulele recording after that, but others still carried on with ukulele jazz for the last 50 or so years. He also has some music books and CDs in print at present and was in a video called Joy of Uke 2 which may still be available. I am sure others will suggest some other names to look up.

More recently there was Lyle Ritz and Ohta-San together at McCabe's, A Night of Ukulele Jazz (http://www.amazon.com/Night-Ukulele-Jazz-Live-McCabes/dp/B004RCZP7K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381256420&sr=8-3&keywords=lyle+ritz) - this is one of my favorite uke recordings. Ohta-San plays just about all genres, but I'm especially fond of his jazz and classical.

A few others - Sarah Maisel, Benny Chong, Byron Yasui, and Kiyoshi Kobayashi (from Japan - his stuff is hard to find stateside but worth tracking down if you can).

kohanmike
10-08-2013, 08:39 AM
Did not know Lyle Ritz, but just download his combined albums from iTunes for $9.99, such a deal.

barefootgypsy
10-08-2013, 09:00 AM
Jazz and jazz chords are wonderful on the ukulele - what about James Hill, Kimo Hussey, also look up Glen Rose, Curt Sheller, to name but four....... you can play anything on a uke! Even reggae!

vanflynn
10-08-2013, 09:30 AM
Check out some of Bill Tapia's vids

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8#q=bill+tapia&tbm=vid

good jazz there

Wicked
10-08-2013, 10:29 AM
All very nice recommendations... one of the best jazz talents that I see in the ukulele universe, at the moment, is Abe Lagrimas Jr.

He is primarily a jazz drummer (I believe he studied at Berklee College of Music), but he has brought his jazz sensibilities to the ukulele like no other. There are many ukulele players that can play lovely arrangements of jazz standards, but most would have difficulty hanging with a jazz ensemble. This Abe kid, however, could hold his own - as far as I can tell.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKpk9SO7iLM

sugengshi
10-08-2013, 06:31 PM
All very nice recommendations... one of the best jazz talents that I see in the ukulele universe, at the moment, is Abe Lagrimas Jr.

He is primarily a jazz drummer (I believe he studied at Berklee College of Music), but he has brought his jazz sensibilities to the ukulele like no other. There are many ukulele players that can play lovely arrangements of jazz standards, but most would have difficulty hanging with a jazz ensemble. This Abe kid, however, could hold his own - as far as I can tell.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKpk9SO7iLM

I love the video very much. Thanks for sharing!

Hochapeafarm
10-08-2013, 09:37 PM
Another incredible jazz-ukelele stylist is our own (UU member) Sarah Maisel; if the OP is interested in learning jazz ukulele, Ms. Maisel teaches via Skype. She is a wonderful instructor! :-)

Raygf
10-09-2013, 12:27 AM
Dr. Uke (http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html) has plenty of Jazz tune pdfs as does UkesterBrown (http://www.ukesterbrown.com/song-sheets.html).

Here's a bit of Jazz on an ukulele.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjzjAhv5Sh8

Wicked
10-09-2013, 03:22 AM
Anyway, wondering if jazz can be played on a uke. Would I just play the same chords you would on a piano? Take the ii-V-I progression, Dm7 - G7 - C7....that kinda thing?

As an aside.... Jazz is much, much more than playing a bunch of extended chords (6s, 7s, 9s, 11s, 13s). There are no such thing as "jazz chords." Rhythm is crucial (and often the weakest link for most players)... and finally, improvisation is integral to the genre.

Jazz enthusiasts are often a snooty bunch when it comes to classifying who is a true Jazz musician versus someone who is "jazz-ish." The general ukulele population is much more lenient - as they should be - but most of the "jazz players" in the uke world would not pass muster outside of it.

That being said... just play that thing like you stole it.

barefootgypsy
10-09-2013, 09:07 AM
Quote from Wicked.... "There are no such thing as "jazz chords."

Anyone care to argue with that? I would...... yes, there's much more to jazz than jazz chords, of course, but I think to say "there's no such thing" is just - not right! And I know Claude Debussy, for example, was using extended chords early in the last century for his impressionistic music, but it's still reasonable to describe them as jazz chords in general talk about jazz, surely?

prooftheory
10-09-2013, 09:25 AM
"Jazz chords" would be chords that are necessary and/or sufficient for making jazz, right? There is no such thing.

Hippie Dribble
10-09-2013, 09:53 AM
Best jazz-uke record eva (http://www.amazon.com/How-About-Uke-Lyle-Ritz/dp/B00014AUJ6)

janeray1940
10-09-2013, 09:59 AM
Quote from Wicked.... "There are no such thing as "jazz chords."

Anyone care to argue with that? I would......

The way I understand it, "jazz chord" is just a colloquial way of referring to extended chords (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_chord), which there most certainly is such thing as...?

Wicked
10-09-2013, 10:45 AM
Why not call them "gospel chords?" The are the same, and they were used in gospel music before jazz (as we know it) existed.

I guess my point was, many people seem to think that there are some magical set of "jazz chords" that will give them the power. The chords are not inherently jazz... they are just tools in the toolbox. Feel free to call them whatever you wish... but they are just chords to me.

barefootgypsy
10-09-2013, 11:14 AM
"Jazz chords" would be chords that are necessary and/or sufficient for making jazz, right? There is no such thing.No! Nobody said that!


The way I understand it, "jazz chord" is just a colloquial way of referring to extended chords (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_chord), which there most certainly is such thing as...? Yes, agreed. Thanks Jane!