Blues Birdhead

Blues Birdhead (James Simons) was a harmonica player, who made a few recordings round 1927-1931. It is said that Blues Birdhead recorded the first overblow in 1927, but some people disagree. James Simons, known also as Blues Birdhead or Harmonica Tim, is perhabs the best example of how the diatonic harp functioned as a jazz instrument in de early days of that music. His phrasing and timbre are a cross between those of Louis Armstrong and Johnny Dodds, vintage 1928. It is amazing to hear such an advanced jazz concept executed so perfectly on this instrument, and one wonders how it could be that this master recorded only once. Blues Birdhead cut just one 78 for Okeh in 1929. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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