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Ukulele Player Jim D'Ville


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Meet Jim D’Ville, a key figure in Oregon’s ukulele revolution. Yes, a ukulele revolution is taking place in the Beaver State — especially in Portland — where dozens of aspiring musicians have rediscovered this unusual little instrument. Learn why the ukulele has surged in popularity and hear how Jim’s uke fits right with his new jazz band, Caravan Gogh.

First Broadcast: 2006
Producer: Mike Midlo

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If you’re inspired to take up the Uke yourself, good news! Jim teaches through Artichoke music. You can contact him through their website.
And if this story inspired you to pick up the uke, now is a great time to learn. There are lots of ukulele groups popping up all over the state. A good place to start is the Portland Ukulele Association. They’ll get you going.

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Glass Artist Linda Ethier; Paul Alan Bennett; Ukulele Player Jim D'Ville (939)

Oregon Art Beat: Episode #939
Original Broadcast: July 31, 2008