Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ed Grosso || Vintage Songs on Zim-Gar baritone ukulele

Not all bari uke videos are labelled as such and I know I must miss many great videos. I was very glad to read Joo's e-mail about a talent that I had missed, Ed Grosso. If you know of a video, player, or lesson that you think others would enjoy then please send me a note like Joo from Singapore's below. 

Hi Humble Uker, 
Greetings from Singapore! 
My name is Joo and I love your site. 
Thanks for putting this up for us bari uke lovers. 
Have you seen any of Ed Grosso's videos? 
I think he played many of the old songs on his baritone too. 
There is one here, ​ 

There are more videos of him playing what looks and sounds like a bari uke.. 
Hope you like them too! 

(Ed notes... "Recorded on July 22, 1929 in New York City. This song was composed by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf for an all-Black revue titled "Hot Chocolates.")


(Ed notes... Breezin' Along with the Breeze, Songwriters: Haven Gillespie, Richard Whiting, Seymour B Simons. First Recorded by Josephine Baker, 1926)


(Ed notes... "It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones with lyrics by Gus Kahn, and was first published in 1924. The song was performed by Priscilla Lane in the 1939 film The Roaring Twenties and by Danny Thomas in the 1951 film I'll See You in My Dreams. The latter film was based loosely upon the lives of Gus Kahn and his wife Grace LeBoy Kahn. It was also performed by Dooley Wilson in the 1942 film Casablanca, and by Diane Keaton in the 1977 film Annie Hall.)

(Ed notes... (Up a) Lazy River" is a popular song by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin , published in 1930. The song is considered a jazz and pop standard, and has been recorded by many artists including: Bobby Darin, The Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong and the Grateful Dead.)

(Ed notes... Sweet Sue - Just You words by Will Harris, Music by Victor Young - Copyright 1928)

If you like Ed, you'll surely also like jazz and blues man DrBekken from Norway. Listen to "All I Do Is Dream Of You" for a little sampler.


  1. Joo -- I wanted to thank you again for your e-mail about Ed Grosso. He is quite a talent as a musical historian and ukulele virtuoso. I searched for his mentioning his instrument as a baritone ukulele but could only find questions asking if the uke was a bari. It does sound like a bari.

    I really like the chord movement in his arrangements. He also has some pizazz in in his strummin'. I hope you don't mind my reprinting your e-mail.

    Jeff / Humble Uker / Humble Baritonics
    (I live in the San Francisco, California area.)

  2. Oh i just checked your site and saw this. it's great to share great music with more people! Oh, and I don't mind sharing my email too! It was my uke friend Andrew Morse who reminded me of your site..I have seen it before but never follow it until recently...when I started to feel more interested in the bari uke...Oh and I LOVE DrBekken too, he is such a great musician...all the best! and thanks again for putting this site up:D