This section includes mainly vocalists, not just ukulele
players, who peformed the great Tin Pan Alley songs in the
manner in which they were meant to be performed. Don't miss
the incrdible Club Cicada website which has archives of incredible
live performances including Janet Klein and Ian Whitcomb along
with various fabulous orchestras and vocalists and other ukulele
players. Their website is
clubcicada.com. For a large collection of free videos
of current players go to ukuleledisco.com
which is the website of MIDNIGHT UKULELE DISCO, which was a semi-weekly
TV program where you could see and hear some of the greatest
ukulele performances from the past two years of the show. I liked "Home" by Dave Wasser
and "Rag Mop" by the Old Spice Boys, and "'Till
We Meet Again" which is actually "We'll Meet Again"
and is performed by Patsy Monteleone. The sheet music to this
last one is unavailable as is often the case. Patsy has the
best version of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?"
which is now on youtube.com and not to be missed. Also worth
a look and listen on ukuleledisco.com are "Rag Momma
Rag" by the Boulder Acoustic Society, "Moonglow"
by Davis Sweet, "In My Dreams" which is really "I'll
See You In My Dreams" by Mark Occionero, and "Beyond
the Reef" by Rick Russo. Also, don't miss "Skulls"
and "Helen Kane is Betty Boop" by Amy G, a true
and truly bizarre ukulele prodigy. At the present time ukuleledisco.com is on a break and you have to search for their videos on google.com or look through
the videos one by because the search
function doesn't seem to work very well. Some of the better
ukulele performers can also be found a ukulelenoir.com.
Craig Robertson performs a lot of good songs at robertsonstudio.com.
You can now see thousands of ukulele videos on youtube.com
including one of Tom Hanks singing and playing a vintage Martin
style 3 ukulele. Just enter "Tom Hanks Ukulele".
Yours truly, L A (Alward) White, Jr. performing at Lone Star Uke Fest,
in Dallas Tx, May 1, 2009 . Here is L A (Alward) White performing with a great country music band in Santa Fe: Country Music Ukulele. And here is Taylor Swift performing "Fearless" with her ukulele.
Jim Beloff performs at the Las Crucas Uke Festival.
Texas Uke Fest 2008 was host to new star and singing sensation
Julia Bernson shown here playing and singing with Pops Bayless
of the Shorty Long band of Austin Texas.
Texas Uke Fest 2008: Julia Bernson on the left with the Shorty
Long band from Austin and the legendary Washtub Jerry (who
can thump out the correct and true bass notes in any key)
provide quality professional ukulele music for a great finale
Friday night. Sitting next to Washtub Jerry is Shorty-Long
vocalist Mysterious John who is also the world's best Kazoo
Nancy says, "You've got to bring some ukes".
For a live performance from this years Texas Ukefest go to
YyMjcTU where you can L A White, Jr sing "Then I'd
Be Satisfied With Life.
This the Shorty Long ensemble consisting of "Pops"
Bayless on ukulele and "Mysterious" John on the
In this shot the ukulele player (and singer) is Gerry Long.
"Washtub" Jerry is on the tub. They sounded great
playing and singing "Just in Time".
Shown here is Al Negrete who taught a class on Latin songs
and rhythms as well as singing and playing for the evening
This group said they were DUH. DUH? Well, that stands for
Dallas Ukulele Headquarters. Their best song was "Coney
This man may be Gary Crider, baritone uke specialist who
is pictured with DUH above. He led a blues workshop.
TEXAS UKULELE FESTIVAL 2006
texasukefest or Texas Ukefest
Mark Gutierrez and Michelle Kiba
This is the Shorty Long group from Austin Tx whose website
is at shortylong.com.
where you can hear them sing and play.
Another shot of the Shorty Long group from Austin Tx--great-sounding
Ted Lewis as shown on the cover of his great hit and theme
song from 1920, "When My Baby Smiles At Me", which
is now in the public domain in the US and can be performed
and recorded in the US without permission or payment of royalties.
Ted Lewis was an early jazz band leader who discovered Sophie
Tucker and other great performers. His best recordings were
made in the late forties and early fifties and are found only
on 33 1/3 lp records.