Weird Jazz Instruments

By | February 10, 2013

Listen to This EpisodeJazz bagpiper Rufus HarleyTenor sax, trumpet and piano may be among jazzers’ favorite axes of choice. But, believe it or not, harmonica, accordion, flute, banjo and even the bagpipes have all made their impact on the jazz tradition. In this hour, we’ll sit down for a conversation with jazz tuba pioneer Howard Johnson, and explore how banjo shaped the sound of early jazz. And we’ll take a look at how flute worked its way from the jazz margins to the jazz mainstream, and explore the life and music of Rufus Harley—jazz bagpiper. (59:00)

Pictured above: Jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley


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