We’re very excited to announce the 2021 Ukulele Jazz Festival, taking place online on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. Things kick off with a fun jazz jam and social hour on Friday. On Saturday, we’ll have workshops by Diane Nalini, Adrian Cho, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, and Neal Chin. And we’ll finish off with a transcontinental faculty concert!

This unique ukulele event will be entirely focused on jazz.  We’ll work on key musicianship skills like solid rhythm, jazz comping techniques, and jazz phrasing. We’ll learn how to borrow what we hear on legendary recordings and adapt it for the uke. And we’ll learn how to arrange jazz standards for a single ukulele or as a duet.

All workshops, the jazz jam and the faculty concert will be recorded and available to pass holders for replay for one month after the festival, so don’t worry if you have to miss a portion or if you live in a different timezone. 

You’ll get high quality backing tracks for each workshop so you can practice along with real instruments. Backing tracks make practice so much more fun, and you can experiment with different rhythms and comping styles.

 

This event is geared towards players at levels intermediate and up. We will be using 4-note voicings, so familiarity with basic jazz chords will be an asset.