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Horniblow’s Hot Three’s Nicholas D. Ball

Wow! This is the stuff! Brit Nicholas D. Ball, who runs the fascinating “Drums in the Twenties” site, lays it down in a trio called Horniblow’s Hot Three. In this video, they’re playing “Skoodlum Blues,” originally recorded by Jimmy O’Bryant’s … Continue reading

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The Always-Delightful Deborah Tropez

Here’s another video of the supremely-skilled Deborah Tropez, whom we have previously featured in this space. As usual, she nails it down like a boss. I love her rig, which is a cross between à la française and à l’américaine.

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Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day…

A musician named Franck Cesarini has put together a rig based on a long, thin wooden washboard. He’s playing it à l’américaine and has it decked out with a small cowbell, a round something-or-other, and a bicycle bell. This thing has … Continue reading

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More Dizzy!

Here’s Dizzy Incirlioglu tearing it up on “Washboard Wiggles” with the Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band. I wish  I could solo on the board!

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Ralf Reynolds is the King. Period.

This tune by the Ellis Island Boys really gives Ralf Reynolds a chance to groove. He’s doing so much subtle stuff here, all within the context of a tight one-handed shuffle, that it’s tough to take it in.

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I Don’t Know Who This Guy Is, But He’s Great.

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“Dixieland Drumming Instruction” by Ray Bauduc

If you’re a washboard player and you want to be as authentic as humanly possible when you play jazz of the 1920s and 1930s, then Dixieland Drumming Instruction is where you want to begin your studies. Bauduc was the real … Continue reading

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Porteña Jazz Band’s Norberto Mendez

Well, this dude’s not afraid to get in your face. The Porteña Jazz Band (from Argentina, I think) gives Norberto Mendez an extended tabla de lavar feature, and he makes the most of it. I’d be terrified to put myself out there … Continue reading

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The Crescent Katz’s Patrick Skiffington

I want to be in this band, except for the fact that if I were playing washboard, then I wouldn’t able to sit here and watch Patrick Skiffington do it. He hangs his board à l’américaine, and he looks to be rigged … Continue reading

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“Forty and Tight” by the Beale Street Washboard Band

When I set out years ago to find some inspirational washboard music from the Olden Days, this is one of the first tunes I encountered. A jazz drummer who pays any attention at all to the classical forms has to acknowledge … Continue reading

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