Clockwise from bottom left (photo by Craig Chee): Yuki Niino, Daniel Ho, Gaby Thomasz, Ukulele Bartt, Craig Chee, Thom Jackson, Satoshi Gogo, Giles Smith, Tomoki Sato, Ryo Natoyama, Abe
Abe just returned from performing at the 2014 Cairns Ukulele Festival. This was his first time in Australia and had an amazing time playing music, making new friends, and having way too much fun. Even though he was here as an ukulele performer, Abe stepped in at the last minute to back up Grammy Award winning artist Daniel Ho on the drums (Daniel also played bass on Abe's set). It was a weekend full of performances, workshops, a Guinness Book of World Records attempt, and kebabs. Special thanks to Ko'olau Ukuleles, Kaminari Cables, and to Gaby Thomasz for inviting Abe to be a part of this years festival.
THE NORTH, a collective trio consisted of pianist Romain Collin, bassist Shawn Conley, and drummer Abe Lagrimas, Jr., released their much anticipated debut album on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The album, entitled "Slow Down (This Isn't the Mainland)", feature original compositions by the trio as well as cover songs by Bob Dylan, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, and Christina Courtin. The album was recorded in Honolulu, HI by Grammy Award winning engineer Jeremy Loucas. THE NORTH just completed a west coast and east coast CD release tour of successful performances and have been getting rave reviews including this one from the May 2014 issue of DownBeat Magazine.
For more info and booking, please visit www.thenorthlive.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO PAISTE CYMBALS, CANOPUS DRUMS, AND VIC FIRTH for supporting Abe and the 2014 PI Jazz Festival. As a Filipino-American, Abe conducted community outreach drum workshops and clinics to help the relief efforts of the Philippines after being struck by Typhoon Haiyan last November.
ARTS IN THE CITY - Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Philippines
Abe just returned from performing at the 2014 Philippine International Jazz Festival, making it his third appearance at the annual event. The festival included performances at 98.7 DZFE Radio, Arts in the City, Greenbelt Shopping Mall, and the Sofitel Manila Hotel with vocal blues legend Barbara Morrison, saxophonists Reggie Padilla and Alvin Cornista, singer-songwriter Paula Valstein, pianists Stuart Elster and Henry Katindig, guitarist Chuck Stevens, and bassist Colby de la Calzada. He also performed on the ukulele as well as a special duet on the vibraphone with Eddie Katindig.
From left to right: Abe, Ben Anderson, Mayor Vladimír Vytiska
U Lasíku - Únětice, Czech Republic
Happy new year everyone! Abe's last gig of 2013 took place just outside of Prague in the small village of Únětice in the Czech Republic. The gig was organized by Ben Anderson, UK expat and founder of the Czech Ukulele Festival. Abe did two sets of solo ukulele but the real fun began when Ben and the mayor of the village, Vladimír Vytiska, took out their ukuleles and joined Abe. They did a set of Czech folk songs and had everyone in the audience singing along.