From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to his life amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer, and record company owner. The most compelling of these roles has been as a six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, featured slack key guitarist, and artist in the "Best Hawaiian Music Album,” “Best Pop Instrumental Album,” and “Best World Music Album” categories.
Daniel's musical inclinations were apparent at an early age. His first instruments were organ and 'ukulele, from which he graduated to classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and eventually, voice. His passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as the leader, keyboardist, composer, and producer for Kilauea, a contemporary jazz group he formed in 1990. By 1997, Kilauea had released six chart-topping albums, two of which hit the Top 10 on Billboard's jazz charts.
Abe Lagrimas Jr
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles.
Abe is also an educator and has authored the first ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1”published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book "Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies" (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon.
Carla Fontanilla’s eclectic musical styles draw on many influences, starting with her late father, Roland, who started her on the uke at age four. He introduced her to such artists as Eddie Kamae, Ohta San, Chet Atkins, Ramsey Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.
Carla’s musical inspirations are countless. Her greatest modern uke mentors include Peter Moon, Troy Fernandez, Kimo Hussey, Tobias Elof, Herb Ota, Jr., Aldrine Guerrero and James Hill.
Playing lead uke and guitar for Sacramento bands SoLunAire, Iola Rose and Ho’opili, Carla handles jazz and pop vocals while playing refreshing, cool, innovative, groovy music on her uke.
Julie has loved music her whole life. She started singing on pitch at age 2 1⁄2. She got a Sears-Roebuck steel string guitar for her 10th birthday and taught herself to play. She bought her first ukulele at the Plumas County Fair when she was 15, and continued to teach herself to play both instruments.
Julie studied Music Education at the University of Nevada Reno and taught K-6 Elementary Music for 13 years. In December 2009 she established the Aria School of Music & Art in Reno. Aria is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music school, and is able to help students receive private lessons at little or no cost. Julie is currently the Administrator at the Aria School and teaches piano, voice, mandolin, guitar, and ukulele. Julie plays Tenor Uke in A professional trio and plays solo Flamenco guitar and ukulele. She is a member of the Luongo Ukulele Experience.
Mariann fell in love with the Ukulele in 2009, after experiencing a trip to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time. Her joy for playing Ukulele has only increased with each year that she plays, teaches, and writes songs on this delightful instrument.
Primarily a Piano and Voice instructor, with an Associates Degree in Music, she has recently added teaching beginning guitar and ukulele to her resume. Mariann teaches full-time at her privately-owned music studio in Auburn. A "Music Lessons," sign hangs in the street front of her cottage- style studio building, at 13148 Lincoln Way. Here, you can find her encouraging students to find the joy in playing and singing, as much as she does.
Perry Stauffer is an upright bass player and avid music lover who's focus rests on roots music; jazz, rockabilly and Bluegrass. He works with several groundbreaking groups in the greater Northern California region thriving on communal and collaborative effort's with fellow musicians. Perry easily transports the listener back in time with his smooth walking baselines and upbeat slap-bass rhythms. In his hands the bass is more than simply foundational, it's exceptional.
Steve is a self-taught guitar player for many years, mostly fingerstyle, who transitioned to ukulele in 2010. He started playing/participating at various Bay Area Senior Centers, and when the ‘Kanikapila’ leader was unavailable, he would offer free workshops to the attendees. Interest increased as more attendees were exposed to his workshops and teaching style, and he expanded his workshop territory to the North Bay, and is currently a ‘regular’ workshop leader at Burning and Smoldering Uke events in the Santa Cruz/Monterey areas.
Steve retired in 2003 as an engineer who transitioned into a HR Leadership Consultant, specializing in training and development. He uses his working experience in adult learning to keep his ukulele workshop attendees interested, amused and motivated in their quest to learn new playing techniques.
Rhan was one of six Santa Cruz artists to receive the 2012 Gail Rich Award and Santa Cruz Sentinel writer Wallace Baine writes "Santa Cruz musician Rhan Wilson has talent, experience and creativity to spare. But what elevates him to the mantle of a special artist is a genuine artistic vision."
Rhan has been active in teaching music, with a focus on rhythm - encouraging their confidence and assisting in performance techniques. He loves teaching music and has students ranging from the age of 8-80. Rhan has a practical and easy-to-follow approach to learning music - starting with the most basic, and leading the student forward to where they want to go.
Leonard Kaufer is the curator of the www.ukejams.com website where you can find over 700 high quality ukulele chord charts. He leads a weekly jam in Lincoln, CA, and presents workshops throughout Northern California. You can find out more at the website or on the UkeJams page on Facebook.