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Abe L.

Drums, Vibraphone, and Ukulele Teacher

Abe L. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays and teaches the drums, vibraphone, and ukulele.  He has taught at Oksana School of Music & Art since 2014. Originally from Guam and raised in Hawaii, he studied Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. An accomplished drummer, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012. Abe's versatility has allowed him to work with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, and Michelle Coltrane.

In addition to being an active working musician, he is also an educator. He served as a Board of Director for JazzPhil-USA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster growth and advancement in the Filipino and jazz community through music and education. JazzPhil-USA has held clinics in the U.S. and the Philippines. In 2011, he led his first educational tour with his quartet to work with music students throughout Hawaii’s schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His group expanded to a Latin Jazz quintet and traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to perform at the 2013 Giant Steppes International Jazz Festival and conduct workshops and performances at schools throughout the city. Abe has collaborated with the Los Angeles Music Center Active Arts programs such as "Ukule-Along" and "Ukulele Christmas Orchestra" where he served as an instructor. Abe is also an author of the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1” published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book "Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies" is released by Berklee Press and published by Hal Leonard.