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Here I'm playing one of the first UkeBrand concert ukuleles built by Kenny Hill

Ukulele Dick &
                                              Jayme Kelly Curtis

I am best known for playing vintage jazz and swing on the uke, frequently with my sweetheart, the great UKULELE DICK.

I have been a card-carrying member of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz (the UCSC where you get a real education) since its inception in 2002. I met Peter Thomas (president and co-founder of UCSC) at Jim Beloff's uke extravaganza at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz in 2000. Peter started coming to my monthly jam sessions shortly after. I met Kenny Hill and Michelle Kiba at the same concert and I got hooked right then and there. (I like to think of it as being abducted by ukulelians!)

One of my favorite instruments is an amazing baritone uke built by the wonderful Tony Graziano. This beautiful instrument links the islands to the mountains by virtue of its koa body and redwood top. I recorded my song "Tunisia" on the Graziano on my Mid Life Chrysalis CD.

I also own an incredible Compass Rose tenor ukulele from the Renaissance Guitar Company, built by my friend, legendary luthier  Rick Turner (And the only person I know to rate an entry in the Hippie Dictionary).

The Chordettes
"The Chordettes" make it easy at a meeting of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz

I'm thrilled to be performing and speaking in Nina Koocher's film, Under the Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story.  Additionally, a live performance of my original song "Tunisia" is included in the DVD extras. Under the Boardwalk is a charming documentary about the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz.

Look for me playing my song "Swept Away" in the Mighty Uke Movie. "Swept Away (Stranded With You)" is available for preview and download on this CD Baby page.

You can also find "Swept Away" on SHOW US YOUR UKES - The first recorded collection of songs played by members of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. This studio recording is more than 70 minutes long and features 24 songs performed by more than 40 members of our "four-string family," plus a live recording of the entire club singing Under the Boardwalk, the club theme song.

Get your copy for just $10 by calling 831/ 425-5244 or emailing Sandor (the Uke Club "tech-meister") at paprika1 at comcast dot net

Photo by Debi Parola        
With the great Ukulele Dick, Summer 2008 • Ukes Gone Wild at Santa Cruz Mountain Arts Center


Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Playing Ukes:

1) It's fun and easy to play swing and jazz music on 'em. You get that swingy, jazzy sound with very little effort.
2) The uke is full of myth and legend.
3) It's cool for hip chicks to play ukes. Female uke players have style, personal power and sexual magnetism (think Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot)
4) Ukes are easy to take on planes, and I can play my uke while cooking, folding the laundry and checking email
5) People who play ukes are secure in their coolness and don't care if others make fun of them (eg., William H. Macy, Eddie Vedder, George Harrison)
6) People who play and/or build ukes tend to be highly creative and interesting and frequently flock together 
7) Ukes are beautiful musical instruments that come in an endless array of styles
8) Ukes make an essential contribution to the unique sound of Hawaiian music
9) Ukes offer several different tuning options. I put my baritone uke in open tunings and play Joni Mitchell songs
10) You can't help but smile when you play a uke!


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