Bob Brozman: Friday Links

Bob Brozman – ukulele master and all around great musician – has died at the age of 59. He was one of the greats. You can read my interview with him here.

New Releases:
- Debut album from the Mother Ukers
- There’s a new album from The Burning Hell. Just one uke-heavy track but there’s also a bari-uke version of the album’s mega-hit Amateur Rappers here.

Malta’s Eurovision 2013 entry – very Train-y.

The Ukulele 2013 Spotify Playlist is filling up nicely with recent additions including the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Victoria Vox, Kara Square and the aforementioned track from The Burning Hell.

Ukulele Art
- Amy Crehore is embarking on the third ukulele in her series of painted Tickler ukuleles.
- Melbourne Ukulele Festival’s painted ukes contest
- Uke Hunt inspired art.

Photos
- For your camping trip: a panjolele. More Wave Sound Studios instruments.
- Transforming the ukulele.

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5 Comments

  1. Ron Hale April 26th, 2013 10:14 pm

    Bob was too young, Al. But those whom the gods love die young. Probably jamming with another wizard of the strings, Roy Smeck, at this very moment.

    If not jumping some fleas with the Hawaiian masters, going Bach to Bach with John King, ragging them strings with John Kavanagh, splitting some strokes with our George, or tiptoeing through the clouds with Tiny Tim.

    Swapping licks with Killian Mansfield, too, no doubt.

  2. Woodshed April 27th, 2013 12:27 pm

    Ron: He certainly was. I was shocked when I heard the news.

  3. sanford(andsong) April 27th, 2013 10:06 pm

    He was definitely the main reason I started putting effort into the ukulele.

  4. Woodshed April 28th, 2013 2:24 pm

    sanford: Me too. Saw him live with Woody Mann and was blown away.

  5. John Bianchi April 29th, 2013 3:23 pm

    Oh, no. That’s terrible, really tragic news.

    Same as you two, Bob’s playing is one of the main reasons I started playing uke in 1981, after hearing him play on his Blue Hula Stomp album that year.

    He was just amazing, a dedicated, committed and passionate guy.

    59? Not long enough by any standard.

    He – and we – was robbed.

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