Jazz Birthday: Manzello and Stritch, Inc. | August 7, 2012

Rahsaan Roland Kirk   1935

A true original, Kirk may have been categorized as avant-garde, but he was actually extremely well-versed in the history of jazz.  He considered jazz “black classical music” and celebrated its wildness.  He found old and prototype  instruments (manzello and stritch) and rebuilt them to fit his needs, often playing three at once.  Unclassifiable and unique, Rahsaan Roland Kirk always seemed to be “in the moment.”

“I didn’t ask my mother to buy me a trumpet or a violin.  I started right on the water hose.”  –Rahsaan Roland Kirk


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