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Max Roach on the hi-hat

American jazz drummer and composer Max Roach on the hi-hat. So. Good. A quick introduction from Drummerworld: Max Roach instigated a revolution in jazz drumming that persisted for decades; instead of the swing app...

Glenn Gould plays Bach

Glenn Gould plays Bach, a clip from The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, which is online (for now) in what appears to be its entirety. It has some great details in it: There’s a top hat at 4m40...

The Legend of Zelda Theme on Marimba

The Legend of Zelda theme song on marimba, snare drum, cymbal, bells, timpani, and triangle. Awesome. 

Louis Armstrong – When the Saints Go Marching In

Louis Armstrong and his band, When the Saints Go Marching In. Watch more Louis Armstrong on this site.

A giant forest xylophone plays Bach in this Japanese commercial

It’s a forest xylophone! This is a Japanese commercial that the kid asked to watch three times in a row. The music played on the custom-made wooden keys of this beautiful instrument: Jesu,...

Music From a Dry Cleaner – Diego Stocco

Music From a Dry Cleaner, from sound designer and composer Diego Stocco:  Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door op...

The Water Cycle: A boogie woogie stop motion clay animation

The Water Cycle! This cute little stop motion piece about water in many of its forms was created by animator Emma Dougherty at StopMoGo, and was inspired by her time as a teacher. Also, it has great boogie woogie mus...

The Sound of Wood: From sapling to violin

The Sound of Wood: From sapling to violin. We wish there was a video like this for every musical instrument.

The Nicholas Brothers in the greatest dance number ever filmed

My four year old asked for this one daily after we first watched it, and it’s pretty clear as to why — it’s probably about the best dance routine I've ever seen. And I'm not the only one who thinks...

Harpo Marx plays his harp in A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Harpo Marx playing his harp in A Night in Casablanca (1946). Beautiful close ups of the strings, and it picks up tempo in the last minute. There are more Marx Brothers clips in the archives.

Thelonious Monk – Epistrophy

Thelonious Monk performs Epistrophy, recorded in Tokyo, Japan on May 23, 1963, with his quartet — Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), Butch Warren (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Listen and watch more jazz on this...

French cows love listening to jazz

Cows love jazz! Or maybe it’s just these French cows that love jazz. In any case, this video is a longer cut of the viral edited version. Good stuff.  Via @themexican.

Wes Montgomery: Four on Six (1965)

Wes Montgomery, Four on Six, 1965. With Rick Laird on bass, Stan Tracey on piano, and Jackie Dougan on drums. Some nice fingerwork closeups in this… great for seeing how instruments are really played.

La Mer de Pianos: A film about the oldest piano shop in Paris

La Mer de Pianos: A lovely short film (in French with subtitles) about Marc Manceaux, the owner of the oldest piano shop in Paris. Merveilleux!

The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp

The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy played on a Glass Harp. Performers Anna and Arkadiusz Szafraniec, called Glass Duo, have more videos on their site. There are more glass harps playing in the archives. Vi...

Basie Boogie! Count Basie and his Orchestra (1955)

Basie Boogie! Count Basie and his Orchestra, from Rhythm and Blues Review (1955).

Monster Tubulum

This is a tubulum, or a PVC pipe instrument. Inspired by the Blue Man Group, @thejerrymobile (shown playing the instrument) built a “monster”-sized one with a maze-like structure — 82 45° elbows...

Playing music on a rainbow-colored glass harp – Lernert & Sander

Two years ago, Dutch artists Lernert & Sander filmed a short for MTV Europe by building and playing music on a rainbow-colored glass harp. It makes for a great audio and visual combo. (Also, who knew we’d ha...

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