Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:56 am
Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from his home in Hawaii to the world's concert stages. With his imagination and remarkable skill, he proves that the ukulele can handle any genre; in his hands, the "little guitar" sings everything from J.S. Bach to The Beatles.
His album Grand Ukulele shows off new sides of the musician and features a number of original songs and reinterpretations. On this week's Song Travels, Shimabukuro plays his own compositions and joins host Michael Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."