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Happy Birthday Jake Shimabukuro

November 4, 2017 at 04:51AM

Happy Birthday Jake Shimabukuro! Did you know, exactly 11 years ago on his birthday, Jake Shimabukuro and I first performed together? It is considered a fan favorite and it is still talked about today. I still run into people who were at that show 11 years ago. In fact I ran into our old friend Matt last night and Matt talked with me about my performance with Jake 11 years ago. Also, did you know, Jake Shimabukuro was also the very first musician I've ever collaborated live with. Was I nervous then? Heaven's yes. Jake has always been one of my heroes before I jumped into the scene and he still is today. Earlier this year I gave Jake a surprise visit at Iolani School. People buzzed about our photo taken together and our fans want us to do something together. How a…

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Ukulele And Beatbox Lesson

April 11, 2017 at 01:13AM

Jody Kamisato and Jason Tom with this Ukulele Beatbox Collaborative Tutorial. An ukulele which means "jumping flea" is a 4-string instrument and is an adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The ukulele was invented in our Hawaiian islands during the plantation period and was introduced into our Hawaiian music culture throughout our Hawaiian islands that eventually spread throughout the United States of America and the world. It's an instrument that nearly all residents young and old of our Hawaiian islands pick up and start playing and have probably at one point picked up playing and tried it. Beatboxing originates in a cappella vocal art tradition from the musical stylings and genre of jazz with scat singing and the urban hip-hop music culture and can be traced e…

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George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

July 17, 2013 at 10:19PM

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)"
instrumental music cover by Jake Shimabukuro and Jason Tom

featuring TEDx Talks by Hawaii presenters (published on March 5, 2012)


Jason Tom and Jake Shimabukuro, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006


Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew Jim in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011

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Jake Shimabukuro is on a mission to revolutionize the world's perception of the ukulele. Starting out at a local coffee shop in Hawai‘i, Shimabukuro has swept onto the international stage, touring and recording with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck, and Cyndi Lauper. His unique rendition of George Harrison's, While My Guitar Gently Weeps has received over 9 million downloads on YouTube. Shimabukuro believe…

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TEDxHONOLULU Highlight Reel

December 14, 2011 at 08:01PM

TEDxHonolulu 2011 Highlight Reel featuring ukulele music by Jake Shimabukuro (his rendition of the George Harrison Beatles' classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and beatboxing by Jason Tom. 

Also featuring presentations by Susan Cox also known as Green Power Girl, Kealoha, Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, Jason Mateo, Dr. Robert Hong, Dr. Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele, Amy & Herb, math teachers Sean Briel & Dan Nash, Robbie Alm, Sig & Kuha'o, New Hope's iPad Band, fish nerd Dr. Richard Pyle, Jon Fritzler, Dr. Lani Leary, Matthew Lynch, Elyse Petersen, astronomer Dr. Michael Liu, Dr. Ho Leung Ng, Edgy Lee, Vivian Best, Michael Wall, Mark Mauricio, and Brian Goldstein.

Jason Tom's TEDx Talk Presentation

Also shout out to Jen Takahashi's Inspiration Cupcake for this…

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Honolulu native Jason Tom, Hawaiʻi's Human Beatbox, is an American award-winning master beatboxer, TEDx presenter, speaker, voice actor, host, mathematician, moonwalker, and author of the Jason Tom Music, Hip Hop And Faith Life Blog that boasts 2.1 million views by 1.9 million unique visitors and adoring readers like you from around the world. Disclaimer: He is not a rapper. "Quality over quantity."

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I really enjoy ur performances and I hope to one day watch you in person at one of your events. I grew up a huge Michael Jackson fan so I love it when you beatbox his stuff. Keep those videos coming, alright!

Enjoyed your music beat I laugh smile w joy want to come their join you dance w the beat but it lift my illness spirit I felt alive never give up I laugh when I listen to music I used my finger dance w the beat that so awesome Jason keep doing what you do one day I'll be standing by you w pen paper picture taking thumbs up

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Awesome! I love the choice of mj songs you melted and how you lightened the tone of some heavy ones, that's refreshing! Beautiful location too!

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