Sunday, February 24, 2013

Easy Come Easy Go Blues - Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards

Jimmy Bertrand (24 February 1900 – August 1960) was an American jazz and blues drummer. James Bertrand was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was active on the Chicago blues/jazz scene of the 1920s. Bertrand recorded with Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Tampa Red, Ma Rainey, Freddie Keppard, Erskine Tate, Big Bill Broonzy, Doc Cook, Jimmy Blythe, Lee Collins, and Blind Blake amongst many others. In addition he led Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards. As well as drums and washboard, Bertrand also played the xylophone and slide whistle. He was the brother-in-law of Jelly Roll Morton and brother of the showgirl, Mabel Bertrand. He was also a noted instructor; his pupils included Wallace Bishop, Lionel Hampton, and Big Sid Catlett.  
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