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.

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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