Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, and ukulele. Originally from Guam and raised in Hawaii, he studied Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Primarily a drummer, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and his versatility has allowed him to work with many different jazz artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, and Michelle Coltrane.
He has even played drums for some of the world's best ukulele players such as Jake Shimabukuro, James Hill, Benny Chong, and Bill Tapia.
A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning artist, Abe started playing the ukulele in 2003 and did his first performance just two weeks later. He eventually began recording his own music and released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and Korea, quickly gaining a following and reputation as one of the leading jazz ukulele players in the world. His unique approach of incorporating improvisation into his original music and covers combined with flawless technique make him one of the most exciting and in-demand players on the scene.
Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include China and Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Czech Republic, and Great Britain. Abe is also the author of the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1” published by Consonus Music Institute.
His latest book "Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies" (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available on Amazon. He is currently endorsed by Ko'olau Ukulele, Kaminari Cables, Fusion Bags, and Elite Acoustics.
Interview & Acoustic Ukulele Recording
Stay With Me
Sunny Side of the Street
Jazz Ukulele Book - Amazon
The New Ukulele Club of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Ukulele is proud to announce the formation of a New Ukulele Club of Santa Barbara.
The club will be promoting cooperative group ukulele sessions for various group levels:
The club is committed to encouraging cnew music events to support the diverse community of Ukulele Players in our area.
The club will promote music that include classical, traditional, progressive, folk, jazz, and other modern styles.
The club is dedicated to respecting diversity. It is multigenerational and encourages players both young and old to participate.
The club will be sponsoring future tutorials and music events. The club is open to performing for public events, don't hesitate to include us in your next event.
More information on sessions, dates, and times will be forth coming.