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Michael Powers: Urban Ukulele

Michael Powers is a well-known contemporary jazz artist in the Pacific Northwest, where he frequently performs at festivals and clubs. But Powers, who has recorded more than 10 CDs of jazz and blues music on his guitar, has a new instrument: the ukulele. He turned to the tiny four-stringed ax after playing in 2006 with uke icon Jake Shimabukuro.

The ukulele has certainly experienced a bump in popularity as of late, with countless reports on its upsurge among all demographics-especially the young, who have made it cool again. Of course, many new players, young and old alike, are content to strum a few chords. As a professional musician, Powers’ experience on guitar makes him a natural. He plays the uke as a lead instrument, and sounds as if he’s been at it his whole life.

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