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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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Les Jazzticots’ Deborah Tropez

This is one of my favorite washboard performances. Deborah Tropez is a French percussionist who specializes in early jazz styles. She can play note-perfect versions of the early tunes, and her washboard skills are amazing. She can sing, too. Les … Continue reading

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The Blue Vipers’ David Langlois

I was sitting through the credits of a movie I had just watched on Netflix (as is my wont) and I noticed that a washboard player was credited in the score. A little bit of research brought me to David … Continue reading

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Jessy Carolina’s Tiny Hi-Hat

Jessy Carolina is a singer who is currently getting some recognition for her work on the video game Bioshock Infinite, in which she sings a number of period songs. (Here’s an example: her rendition of the 1918 tune “After You’ve … Continue reading

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