Hello UUers out there! In today's podcast we welcome a long time friend to our podcast. Jon Yamasato was a member of a band called Pure Heart which took the Hawaii music scene by storm in the late 90s. In the band was also an unheard off ukulele player at the time named Jake Shimabukuro. Pure Heart swept the Hoku's in the year of their debut album taking home 4 awards including Most promising artists and contemporary album of the year.

Jon has gone on to be involved with many aspects of the music industry in Hawaii including touring with the legendary Dennis Kamakahi and also helping to produce the duo Keahiwai.

His current project is Hi*Sessions, a show which showcases some of the best musical talent from Hawaii and beyond.

In this podcast episode we talk to Jon about a ton of stuff, from his experiences working with Jake to his favorite artists to his experiences working with all the talent that performs on Hi*Sessions. A really fun interview for all of us involved.

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  1. Nice interview and nice choice. Jon is a huge contributor to the Hawaii music scene. I host a Hawaiian music show on a little community radio station in Colorado, and have discovered many Hawaii artists through HiSessions. The sound is top quality, and the music is no ka oi! All around cool! Mahalo, guys. Aloha!

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