‘Ukulele soloist performs on ‘Last Call’

Popular ‘ukulele soloist Jake Shimabukuro will appear on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” Thursday at 12:30 a.m.

Shimabukuro will appear as a special musical guest performing with the show’s band.

This will be Shimabukuro’s second national TV appearance on NBC. In December 2005, he appeared on the “Late Show with Conan O’Brien.”

Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, according to his online bio, Shimabukuro views the ‘ukulele as an “untapped source of music with unlimited potential.”

His virtuosity defies label or category. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock, his mission is to show everyone that the ‘ukulele is capable of so much more than only the traditional Hawaiian music many associate with it.

“I think everyone has his own style,” he told The Garden Island in a previous interview. “There’s only so much you can do with four strings. But you can basically do what you want with it. I like to think I have a modern, contemporary sound. For me, my big thing is to increase the dynamic range of the instrument. I like to take it down and bring it back up.”

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