Uke Jackson is a playwright, novelist, and musician. His plays have been produced in different theaters in downtown Manhattan. In addition to the musical "Ukulele Land" his dramatic writing includes "Monster Time"; "The Secret Warhol Rituals"; and "Avenue Z Afternoon" which he adapted for a GM Mark of Excellence television production. His first play written as an adult, "Dristi Magic" a one act, was staged by the McCarter Theater Street Theater unit.
Over the years, he contributed short stories, essays and articles to magazines and newspapers across America, including the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Berkeley Barb, Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, and others. For many years, his light verse was a frequent feature in the NY Times. During the 1980s he was a driving force behind several of the Plexus jazz art operas that were presented in Manhattan, Rome, Sardinia, and Dakar.
He also directs and he provides confidential script consulting services.
He founded the NY Uke Fest in 2006, as well as the NY Ukulele Ensemble. His popular "Flaming Ukulele Radio Hour" was broadcast on public radio from 2001 thru 2006.
His "River Tales" -- a radio storytelling series -- was heard on nearly 200 public radio stations and won a Parents Choice Award, as well as leading to him being named one of the Top 10 recording artists in the country, according to the American Library Association.
Currently, in addition to his writing, he leads a quirky group of musicians -- Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots Band -- up and down the Delaware River Valley, playing anywhere from community bandstands to crossroads cafes to cosmopolitan cabarets, from farmers markets to festival main stages.
Further info is always available on his web site www.ukejackson.com
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Wolf and the Oven Witch: A Memoir of Amsterdam
In this brief (9,000 words) memoir of Amsterdam by lifelong bohemian litterateur Uke Jackson, an eccentric survivor of the Holocaust leads the author on a zany tour of the Dutch city's junkyards by day while he indulges his taste for intoxicants by night.
The Singer of New Terra
This is a short story in e-book form. Tom is a deep space explorer for the Consortium, seeking out mineral rich planets to be mined. Meanwhile, humankind lives on huge space stations. Then Tom discovers a planet suitable for human habitation. What happens says much about youthful optimism in the face of corporate control.
The Curse of the Yellow Mandolin
Can a musical instrument be cursed? Can a musical instrument make someone play better? The Curse of the Yellow Mandolin is a lusty tale of voodoo magic, music, madness, ménage a trios, and murder. Set in 1920s New Orleans, as the Volstead Act and Mardi Gras are about to collide for the first time, it follows a young musician who comes to possess a mandolin cursed by a voodoo queen.
Carol Lyhall, a leading 30-something Manhattan playwright, has been commissioned to adapt the short Decadent novel of the 1890s, Bruges-la-Mort by Georges Rodenbach. As she gets deeper into the writing, the boundaries between reality and the screenplay begin to dissolve.
Zombie Music is a short story told in the first person by a young woman. Her two companions, both men, are musicians. Confronted with the fear of others among the living, the trio acknowledges that all their choices are ruled by the hordes of the undead. For a brief moment, though, the power of wild things in nature awaken an optimism that is unwarranted.
The Musicians is the first story in a monthly series of short stories by award-winning writer Uke Jackson. The Musicians is a ghost story: When the ghosts of a long ago ax murder appear to a present day bluegrass mandolin player, he set out to find the murderer, and does.
This novel is chockablock with Broadway theater lore and horror. It is a first person narrative about Gus Windham, a vampire who also produces Broadway hits. Fast paced, bloody, witty, horror thriller that is a great read for anyone interested in vampires or the Broadway stage.
A dozen short stories written at the turn of the millennium for Tropic, the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine By turns salty, kooky, sultry, sad and mad. This is where the salsa meets the sand.
The Moon of Innocence
The Moon of Innocence is a whodunit. It is a taut story of love, passion and death among the rural peasants of Catalonia in 1963. Readers have compared it to The Sorrows of Young Werther and Romeo and Juliet. The Moon of Innocence is a short novel with the impact of a grand tome.
The book and lyrics from the 2008 cult stage hit romantic musical comedy
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