This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

May 25, 2012

Archive : Jean Shepherd and the nose flute

Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was an American raconteur, radio and TV personality, writer and actor. From 1956 to 1977, he broadcast on WOR, a talk format radio based in New York City.

Here are 2 excerpts of the program of the 7th of April, 1965. In the first one, he plays the nose flute over After You've Gone (Turner Layton), and in the second, tells his own story about nose flute.

Here is a 1970 picture of Jean Shepherd, wearing his jaws harp around the neck.


  1. Thanks for the post!! What a
    sympathetic guy with lots of humour! I like what he says about his noseflute and share his experience (becoming an immediate sensation with the instrument). You know, you could play the guitar, the fiddle, whatever - like a god - no matter what you do, the biggest applause is always for the nose flute playing ...

  2. You're welcome, dear Nosymusic! You are right, the nose flute is the most appreciated instrument on stage... Why is it so rare ???

    Kind regards,