Presented by

The Atlantic Selects

Meet 'Jazzbo': He's a 76-Year-Old Clown in a One-Man Band

Mar 03, 2015 | 682 videos
Video by Brigade Visual Support

This short documentary profiles Bill "Jazzbo" Hargrave, a 76-year-old musician who built a jerry-rigged, multi-instrument device. Hargrave plays tunes on a trumpet, bass drum, harmonica, cymbals, and bells—almost simultaneously, it's worth adding—while a small toy monkey drums on his hat. He may not be the most talented performer, but his eccentricities are charm enough. "My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown," he says. "That kind of worked out."

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Author: Chris Heller

About This Series

A showcase of short films curated by The Atlantic