In musical history a musical style that originated in the USA at the beginning of the 20th century. It has African and Afro-American roots, which is reflected in differences to conventional Western music in rhythm, melody, harmony, formal language and performance practice. Typical elements are among others call and response songs, Blue Notes and the Jazz progression. For playing jazz music, chord-melody was developed.

In addition to the actual guitar, jazz music uses the larger Hawaii guitar – with a raised nut and crossbar and a metal bar placed over the fretboard to shorten the strings – as well as the small four-stringed ukulele.1)


  • Abe Lagrimas, Jr.: Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies. Hal Leonard Corporation 2015
  • Ukulele bukku: 60 Jazz Songs. Tōkyō: Tōkyō Ongaku Shoin. 1936


Lyle Ritz: Don't Get Around Much Any More (Duke Ellington)

Bill Tapia: Stardust (2003)

Stuart Fuchs: Jazz Medley

Paul Hemmings: Caravan (Duke Ellington)

Paul Hemmings: Satin Doll (Duke Ellington)

The Paul Hemmings Uketet: Moon River / Folsom Prison Blues / Hello Bean

The Paul Hemmings Uketet: Summertime (George Gershwin)

Lami Jeon: On the sunny side of the street (Jimmy McHugh)

Benny Chong, Byron Yasui: Cherokee (2011)

Mario Takada: O.A. 1926 (2013)

Kimo Hussey: Today (while the blossoms still cling to the vine)

James Hill: After You've Gone (2014)


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Guido Adler: Handbuch der Musikgeschichte I. 2nd ed. 1929, 596