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Jake Shimabukuro to perform in Juneau

Posted: January 10, 2013 - 1:04am

Juneau Jazz & Classics has organized a special performance by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Juneau Douglas High School auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

Shimabukuro has been widely praised by critics for his command of the ukeule. The New York Times said: “There has never been a ukulele player like him, one who has integrated elements of multiple genres into his music, whose phenomenal finger work, vast range of textures and tones and endearing persona immediately flip any skeptics within earshot.  Jake Shimabukuro falls into that rarest of categories: a musician who has completely and irrevocably reimagined the role of his chosen instrument.  To call him virtuosic seems almost an understatement.”  

Shimabukuro’s repertoire includes jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock. He plays both original compositions and covers, which range from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

Admission to the Juneau performance is $35 for general audiences, $30 for seniors, and $20 for students. Tickets are available at jazzandclassics.org, the JACC, and Hearthside Books. This event is made possible with the support of The Juneau Empire, Arete Construction, Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, Heritage Coffee, Mix 106, KRNN, and the Baranof Hotel. 

All proceeds benefit the 2013 Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, the 27th annual, scheduled for May 3-18. 

For more information about Shimabukuro or the 2013 Festival, contact info@jazzandclassics.org or call 907-463-3378.

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