The Ukulele Magic Trio

This Ukulele Trio Means Jazz! Ukulele music ordinarily brings visions of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with a clear blue sky, swaying palm trees in a light breeze, and also swaying grass skirt-clad beautiful dancers. “Not that there is anything wrong with that,” as Jerry Seinfeld might say. However, this trio of skilled jazz musicians have a different idea about the diminutive four-string musical instruments’ potential and use, and ably prove their point. Jennifer Leitham is best known as a leading jazz bassist for over three decades, playing traditional stand-up acoustic bass, with unique creativity and left-hand style. She has been featured at many of the world’s most notable jazz festivals and venues. Leitham has been at the highest levels of jazz performance as an A-List acoustic bassist, performing and recording with other high caliber artists, including Mel Torme, Doc Severinson, Joe Pass, George Shearing, and Peggy Lee. Jeff Linsky is a versatile jazz guitarist, recognized for improvisational freedom. Interestingly, he plays jazz with a classical guitar technique. Acoustic Guitar has written, “This astounding guitarist seems to have bridged entirely the troublesome gap between brain and fingers.” For some years, Linsky has seriously added ukulele to his repertoire, and included a successful tour of China playing ukulele duets with ukulele master Abe Lagrimas
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Harvey Barkan has reviewed live jazz events for several decades. His work has been published in the LA Jazz Scene, The American Rag, and many other publications.

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