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Above, the Dixieland jazz classic Tiger Rag played by Boston’s one-man variety show performer and music teacher Leonard Solomon on a homemade Callioforte. You can watch him play another song or two on The Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte here: 

Also awesome (and with lots of giggle-inducing sounds), Solomon performing Johannes Brahms on his bellowphone:

In the archives: so many videos of musical instruments, including Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel, cdza’s Human Jukebox, How a Saxophone is Made, Tito Puente on a Vibraphone, and the Legend of Zelda on Marimba.

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From 1941’s Hellzapoppin’, watch this phenomenal performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the Savoy Ballroom's supreme swing dance group founded in 1935 by Herbert “Whitey” White. This clip is annotated with the teams’ names: William Downes & Frances “Mickey” Jones (0:39). Billy Ricker & Norma Miller (1:09). Al Minns & Willa Mae Ricker (1:29). Frankie Manning & Ann Johnson (1:55).

You’ll recognize Al Minns from these classic clips with dance partner Leon James. There’s more swing in the archives. Also, don’t miss The Nicholas Brothers in another one of the greatest dance performances ever filmed.

The cdza music team is at it again with the second episode of their series The Instrumentals: Intro to Drums. After introducing the drum set, drummer Allan Mednard compares and contrasts two kinds of rhythms: rock and jazz. 

It’s a great series and fun to narrate for pre-readers; the kids’ only suggestion is that we should be much closer to Allan and the drums. Play this full screen HD to see some details of what he’s playing and how. 

More cdza in the archives: The Human Jukebox and Daft Pianists.

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