Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument; an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Starting his career in Hawai’i, he took his inspiration from some of the islands’ great uke players such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. He quickly expanded his scope from there, drawing influences from across the musical spectrum to create his full, rich sound. Very early on, Jake gained his first bit of fame as a YouTube sensation shredding versions of popular songs on the uke. Widespread acclaim brought high visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Tommy Emmanuel, and more. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. Jake's busy touring schedule is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.