Media voices about the Oklahoma Washboard Stompers:
from the Bonn Schaufenster for September 1995:
The Rhine River was the focus of the "Three-Nation Celebration" in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum.
To start off a new exhibition on "The European River," which will also appear in Strassbourg and Nijmegen,
the Bonn museum invited representatives of both parties to a festival of specialities.
The museum's neighbors on Colmanstrasse and Bachstrasse were also invited to join in the celebration,
as they have to bear the brunt of the heavier traffic caused by the museum throughout the year,
reported chief administrator Roswitha Arnold. The musical opening and closing entertainment was provided by a capella numbers
from the Wise Guys and hot rhythms from the
Oklahoma Washboard Stompers.
Bonner Rundschau, Friday, January 26, 1996/Nr.22
Hot Jazz in the "Laterne"
Megaphone true to style
Traditional jazz simply sounds best unplugged, without a blaring amplifier.
That was proved by the "Oklahoma Washboard Stompers" during their concert
in the south Bonn pub "Zur Laterne."
The room was packed, and the jazz enthusiasts in the audience got their full
The band presented the authentic Chicago sound of hot jazz, just as African-American
bands of the 20's played it: music from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, or Jelly
Roll Morton--absolute listening pleasure.
The performance got a big hand in the truest sense of the word, as much of
the audience, swept away by hot rhythms, was beating the time along with the
The highlights of the concert by the six musicians from Bonn included numbers
such as the lively, catchy "Some of these days," with surprising choral asides
delivered via megaphone.
Here the typical and always somewhat squeezed sound of old shellac records was
An agreeable, comfortable mood was created by the peaceful "Downhearted Blues,"
where the trumpeter, singer, and bandleader Jörg Kuhfuß took up the
seldom-found bass saxophone.
The number "My Gal Sal" was markedly livelier.
The solos were played with ever smaller gaps between them as the soloists
brought the room to a boil. The evening finished with the hall filled with
much applause and a wonderful mood.
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