Sarah Maisel (ukulele and vocals) was born in Birmingham, Alabama and has always had a love for music. At the age of 6, she began violin lessons and played in youth orchestras for several years. For the 10 years she studied her focus was Classical Music. During that time she also tried her hands at the piano, taking lessons for 3 years. She took a brief hiatus from music during her college years and then moved to San Diego in 2004. Once she heard the sounds of the ukulele in 2006, she was hooked. She took a group class with Frank Leong, and later studied with him privately. After three years of studying with Uncle Frank, she began studying Jazz Theory
“The Lady is a Tramp” is rollicking swing jazz with Maisel’s precise ukulele chording and intricate solo dominating, she manages to cover keyboard touches and alternative string voicing in the instrumental. Her vocal power on “Walking After Midnight” sings answers to some nice Hawai’ian steel accents by Gary Brandin; like on several other tracks, the uke gives this classic a shot of energy – more oomph. With “Lullaby of Birdland” it’s easy to (almost) forget about Maisel’s novel instrumentation and superb solo as the jazz-combo arrangement and excellent singing turn this chestnut into a disc highlight.
“Nearness of You” is an nicely textured, instrumental showpiece that Maisel uses to cast a spell of harmonics and beautifully picked, lyrical figures that sound almost like they are being played on a harp. - San Diego Troubadour
San Diego, CA
I enjoy sharing the joy of the instrument when others- that is the fun of music. Though I have only been playing ukulele for 6 years, I played classical violin for 10 years prior. I also have a back ground in piano as well.
I teach all levels of playing on the ukulele, from beginners to advanced. E-mail me for availability, firstname.lastname@example.org
Half Hour: $30