Kazoo revival – 1920’s Jazz Jazz Jazz


1920’s swells Cheeky and Charming Charlie spread mirth and music under the auspices of the charity music in hospitals. Goodness gracious me – Charlie gets the blonde !


The kazoo is a wind instrument which adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when the player vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton, which is a membranophone – a device which modifies the sound of a person’s voice by way of a vibrating membrane.
“Kazoo” was the name given by Warren Herbert Frost to his invention in Patent #270,543 issued on January 9, 1883. In the text of the patent he refers to it as “This instrument or toy, to which I propose to give the name ‘kazoo’ “. This first kazoo was not the familiar “submarine” shape. It hardly ever used in western classical music.

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About Cheeky Charlie

Band leader of The Charleston Charlies and The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble. The lighter side of my musical life! Known for aimable buffoonery and always performing with a band of stella jazz musicians. We're only serious about having fun - spreading music and mirth !
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2 Responses to Kazoo revival – 1920’s Jazz Jazz Jazz

  1. Bertram Middleton III says:

    My dear chap, you seem to presenting the tone production valvucontrofliguum to the nasal inbulvucifation. I once knew an awfully good sort from the Asparagus Club who did that and ended up in hospital for six months, poor devil. it took a team of seven nurses and the rector of St. Stephen’s four months to extract the business end of the diaphlagonoscope alone, with much deserved protestation from the patient, I must add. So be warned if you choose to mess with such unpredictable forces, old salt.

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