PLEASE STAND BY ~ KPIG LIVE SHOW
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 • 10:30 am
Valentine's Tunes With Jayme Kelly Curtis
Rick was honored with a Gail Rich Award for 2011
The beautiful Gail Rich (1951-1996) continues to be an inspiration to the Santa Cruz Arts Community. Dick is proud to have been Gail's friend and colleague.
*See the bottom of this page for the complete text of the Santa Cruz Sentinel article about Rick "Ukulele Dick" McKee.
Capitola History Museum's new exhibit features a video starring Ukulele Dick. Click here for "Capitola Serenade."
JAYME'S COCKTAIL HOUR
Ukulele Dick, bassist Matt Bohn and singer Jayme Kelly Curtis video taped a set of jazz standards and obscures. Click here for JAYME'S COCKTAIL HOUR
HOWARD RUGG UKULELES
Legendary luthier Howard Rugg is now making limited edition ukuleles
in his Felton shop. Check out this video that tells the story of the repair
and discovery of a legendary Jose De Espirito ukulele
and sneaks a peek at Howard's new line of ukuleles.
Featuring a live performance by Ukulele Dick!
SHOW US YOUR UKES, 2009 - 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
Luthier/Master Instrument Repairman Collector
and Musical Archivist
Mentor to Many
NEED A REPAIR?
Call Rick at 831/335-3593
The best stringed instrument repair in Santa Cruz since 1972
FEBRUARY 2014 • Rick's lutherie work will be showcased at the
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ART OF GUITAR EXHIBIT AND FESTIVAL
UKULELE DICK ON VIDEO:
The Ukulele Dick Primer, a short video by Tom Ellison, is now available
- Click HERE!
Ukes Ought To Be in Pictures
Relive your Mighty Uke Rio Theater Experience - Click HERE!
Relive your Mighty Uke Castro Theatre Experience by Clicking HERE!
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jayme at purrgirl dot com
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Dick Dujour - The Zombie Walk, 2009
The dance sensation that's creeping out the nation. DJs and program directors wishing copies for airplay consideration please email jayme at purrgirl dot com with "Zombie Walk" in the subject line. Be sure to include a shipping address.
The UkeAholics — Rock n' Roll with a Twist, 2008
Ukulele Dick, Sandor Nagyszalanczy and Eric Connoly perform songs from the 50s and 60s on a vast array of acoustic, electric and eclectic ukuleles. The British meets the Ukulele Invasion. Click here for a live performance on YouTube!
Dick Dujour — Music to Scare Children By, 2005 • Click here to find it on iTunes!
As a theatrical sound designer, Dick has created sonic landscapes for countless live productions of all kinds. Couple that theatrical sensibility and technical wizardy with a sly lyricism, and the result is 12 original songs that delight in the essential irony of the human condition and revel in our inexorable mortality.
As heard on The Dr. Demento show!
Ukulele Dick — The Ukulele Dick Story, 2003
CD and 24-page booklet track the musical journey of Ukulele Dick from Prohibition through the Disco era through 21 classic songs. Of particular note is a hip hop version of "Swinging on a Star." Performers include Rob Espinosa, Jim Greiner, Michelle Kiba, Ken Kraft, Jim Norris, Tiran Porter, Blind Willie, Zun Zun, and many, many more. Story by Rick McKee and Sven Davis
Ukulele Dick – Self Titled, 1997
15 classic songs from the 1920's and 30's performed in various styles of the jazz era. Ukulele Dick earned praise from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., George Harrison and William H. Macy. The CD features performances by 27 local musicians, including Bill Walker, Annie Steinhardt and the Paris String Quartet
Bread, 2002 — Selections from the musical by Joe Ortiz, including the hit song "Watsonville."
My Heart's In Santa Cruz, 1995
Producer and performer on a collection of songs about Santa Cruz collected and written by co-producer Ross Gibson
This is All You Get — Ukulele Dick and His All Nude Castanet Orchestra, 1991
10 original songs, independently released
Art by John Poole
|SOUND DESIGN, MUSICAL DIRECTION||Planet Cruz Comedy Hour — Musical director for comedian Richard Stockton's left coast version of A Prairie Home Companion. Recorded live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center; airs on KUSP and Community Television||Blue Skies Forerver — Original music for Claire Braz-Valentine's world premier mystery about Amelia Earhart|
|Shakespeare Santa Cruz
The Rape of Tamar – World premier
Awarded LA Critic’s Circle Dramalogue for Sound Design
Into the Woods
My Fair Lady
Sound of Music
8 10's @ 10 – six seasons
To The Dump
Numerous staged readings
|New Music Works 1985 - 1996
Technical support, live recording and sound design for numerous live concerts and musical theatre productions
Barefoot in the Park
Of Mice and Men
for numerous other regional theatre companies
Award. This is the photo (by Shmuel Thaler) and the
text of the article (by Wallace Baine) that appeared in the January 9,
2011 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
If it were possible to convert the Santa Cruz music community into some kind of map, flow chart or Venn diagram, at the very center would be Rick McKee. Over the course of 40 years, Rick has built his musical reputation in three separate spheres of influence: as a veteran luthier and instrument repair man; as a sound designer for local theatrical productions; and, perhaps most famously, as an entertainer performing as the irrepressible Ukulele Dick. He was not only uke before uke was cool, he was, and continues to be, the Leonardo of Santa Cruz's ukulele renaissance. A tireless songwriter, Rick has always been an idea man, from the Beatles' White Album Ensemble to his latest project, a upcoming vaudeville show based on the music of the Rolling Stones. On top of all that, Rick aspires to be a completist in his attempt to archive Santa Cruz's musical history, acting as both a chronicler and a central player in a community he helped to build and of which he still stands at the center.
Keywords: Rick McKee, Ukulele Dick, Ukelele Dick, Dick Dujour, Santa Cruz
GENES ~ LAFE McKEE
Ukulele Dick is the grandson of Lafe McKee (Lafayette Stocking McKee 1872 - 1959), a supporting player who appeared in more than 400 Hollywood serials and westerns from 1912 through the 40s.
Film historian William K. Everson called him "The Grand Old Man of Westerns." According to the All Movie Guide, "Lafe McKee played opposite every cowboy hero on the Hollywood range, from Tom Mix to Gary Cooper."
Lafe mostly played incidental characters, such as the heroine's father, the victimized homesteader, the kindly sheriff, various old codgers and, occassionally, the villain. He directed "Lone Hand Wilson" in 1920 under the name L.S. McKee.
Some of Lafe's notable films include "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), and "Meet John Doe" (1941) "In the Days of Buffalo Bill" (as Robert E. Lee, 1922), "Rawhide" (1926), "Men Without Law" (1930), "End of the Trail" (1932), "Blue Steel" (1934), "Gun Smoke" (1935), and "The Lone Ranger" (serial, 1938).
In addition to his film career, Lafe performed as a leading man in touring stock companies before making his movie debut at 40 in 1912. There is now an annual Lafe McKee Film festival in his hometown of Morrison, Illinois.
Several bios are available on line:
A list of film titles can be found at: http://www.citwf.com/person292486.htm
Links to video clips are available at http://www.kosmix.com/topic/Lafe_McKee