I’m heading to see Jake Shimabukuro at Jazz Alley tonight. I’ve seen Jake play two other times, and this guy is just amazing. If you ever get a chance to hear this guy spin out some tunes, go listen. While the instrument he uses is a ukulele, you’d never know it from what you hear. I think of him very much like Bela Fleck on a banjo – the stuff that comes out is just beyond all the expectations of what you normally think of for the instrument.
Update: Truly incredible. I picked up a couple of his CD’s after the show and met him. He’s an incredibly self effacing guy, at least at a first impression. We got a great seat – maybe 5 feet from him against the stage and watching him play was amazing. Like I said before, if you ever get a chance to see this guy, go do it! Jazz Alley – Monday night – sold out. Just incredible.