Jazzophone

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Jazzophone

The jazzophone[1] is a comparatively rare sax-shaped double-belled brass instrument, with a trumpet-like mouthpiece. One bell is left open, while the other bell uses a harmon mute with a stem on a trigger that produces a "wah-wah" type effect.

Speculation is that the first was created in 1920, but other musical experts disagree there is another form of jazzophone. Collector "Captain Kazoo" claims to own such an instrument. No specific details besides a picture are given, but it appears to be a kazoo shaped body with a single bell. The previous mentioned jazzophone was created completely separate of the "Kazoo" model. The only common link is the name.

The instrument was featured in the songs "Get Up Off That Jazzophone" by the Bubbling Over Five band in 1929 and Bob Brown's "Mammy's Little Rolling Stone" of the same year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rycroft, David. "A Six-Finger Hole Saxophone: The Saxie". The Galpin Society Journal. 52: 195–201 – via JSTOR. 
  2. ^ Rust, Brian (2004). Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 583. ISBN 0-313-31142-0. 

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