Abe and his Ohana TK-350G
We are proud to call Abe a Friend of Ohana. Over the years, he has helped showcase countless Ohana instruments. Click here to see the many videos of him on our YouTube channel.
In September 2021, Abe featured in the Ohana Sessions as part of the Left Coast Trio. Click on the image below to enjoy their exclusive performance for our Ohana Sessions.
We most often see him play the ukulele, but he is in fact a full-fledged multi-instrumentalist who has most recently completed a tour in 2023 as part of U3 (a trio consisting of our beloved Cynthia Lin, Abe, and Ukulenny). We enjoyed seeing them play for crowds that spanned the U.S. west coast, Canada, and continued on to Europe.
[L to R] Ukulenny, Cynthia, and Abe as the U3 trio
More about Abe:
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music. He competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Katisse Buckingham, Lalo Schifrin, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles. As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. He has headlined many ukulele festivals throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, China, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. Abe is also an active educator who has conducted workshops, currently teaches private lessons, and is an instructor for the Fender Play series. He is the author of Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard), which is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon.
Among all of the Ohana models that Abe has played, his personal unit is the Ohana TK-350G All-solid Koa Tenor.
Enjoy this demo that he did on his favorite Ohana!