Abe Lagrimas, Jr., is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone and ukulele. He studied at Berklee College of Music.
He has worked with many artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, and Kenny Endo. He continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles.
As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, and Great Britain. He also toured China, performing in 12 cities.
Abe is an educator who authored the first-ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools, entitled Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele – Level 1. His latest book Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies is available now.