Harmonica Almanac – December 18
Blues harmonica player Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson was born on this day in 1911. Jackson taught himself to play the harmonica at the age of nine and was playing professionally by the time he was ten.
Blues and Jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist Big Clarence Miller played quite a few instruments, including the harmonica. Miller was born on this day in 1922.
Modern Blues harmonica master Rod Piazza was born on this day in 1947. Piazza began playing professionally in the mid-1960’s and he spent several years working as a duet with George “Harmonica” Smith. He’s recorded several albums of his own music since then.
Vaudeville harmonica player Sam Scheckter was a part of Carl Freed’s Harmonica Harlequins in the 1930’s The he join the Cappy Barra Harmonica Ensemble. After World War Two he left music as his full-time profession. Scheckter died on this day in 1995.
That’s it for today. Have fun and practice!