By Luaine Lee McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Nobody ever played the ukulele like Jake Shimabukuro. Audiences will get the chance to witness that when PBS offers “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” premiering at 10 p.m. Fridayon KCTS.
Growing up in Hawaii, Shimabukuro says his mother used to strum the ukulele when he was little.
“My mom played when she was a teenager, so I remember she would always play for me when I was a kid, and I always begged her.
“I was like, “I want to learn. I want to play it.” But she always thought I was too young. Finally when I was about 4 years old, she said, ‘OK. I’m going to teach you a chord.’
“And I specifically remember that day when she pulled it off the shelf. She put it in my hands, and it was like I was holding a newborn baby for the first time,” Shimabukuro said.
“And she told me where to put my fingers, and I just strummed the four strings and fell in love with the sound. And I just I couldn’t put it down. So it was exactly that.”
If you haven’t caught Jeremy Pivan as the title character in PBS latest “Masterpiece Classic,” “Mr. Selfridge,” there’s still time. “Mr. Selfridge” contines on KCTS at 9 p.m. Sundayand May 19.
Pivan, best known here for “Entourage,” plays the brash American merchandiser who set England on its ear when he established the unique Selfridges department store.
“It would have been incredible to go over there and do the (British) accent,” Pivan said, “but knowing that he’s from the Midwest, as am I, growing up and going to Marshall Field’s where he made his bones — and my mother, you know, grew up going to Marshall Field’s.
“And so I kind felt connected to him and going to his the store,” Pivan said.
“And here we are 100 years later. So I think he was onto something. He transformed Marshall Field’s in Chicago into what it is today ,” Pivan said.