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Ukulele master Shimabukuro playing Munhall show

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Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 8:57 p.m.
 

While his music includes jazz, classics and bits of rock 'n' roll, Jake Shimabukuro says his work is not dictated by any one genre.

“I'm just a ukulele player,” says the Hawaiian-American, who has established himself in the past five years as the touring master of the instrument.

Shimabukuro, 36, will bring his show to the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall on Tuesday as part of a 40-city tour connected to his new album, “Grand Ukulele.” That tour might even pick up more cities for a second stage in the spring, he says.

The solo concert will feature the 12 songs from the album, including eight originals, as well as songs by Sting, Adele, “Over the Rainbow” and a Hawaiian folksong.

He says he is grateful for all of the support that has emerged for his work. He has reached the level now that he is on the road on a tour bus with a crew of seven and his own light equipment.

“If you had said a year ago I would have been touring on a bus, I would have said, ‘Naaaaaa',” he says

He is even performing at times with symphony orchestras, something he would like to do more often.

While his touring has kept him busy, he says he is thankful for the support.

“Every day, every month, every year is a total inspiration,” he says.

Music begins at 7:30 p.m. at the concert hall on 510 E. 10th Ave. Admission is $28 to $53. Details: 412-368-5225 or www.librarymusichall.com.

— Bob Karlovits

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