Winslow Yerxa plays nearly every type of harmonica, and combines disparate
styles of music in unlikely ways, such as accompanying a French-Canadian
fiddle tune with Kind of Blue modal harmonies. He teaches at the Jazzschool
in Berkeley with fellow members of the San Francisco Harmonica Ensemble,
Damien Masterson, Michael Peloquin, and Steve Malerbi, in addition to
appearing with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and fronting various
ensembles with violinist Tuula Tossavainen Cotter.
Author of the highly regarded book Harmonica for Dummies, Winslow has
been on a mission to find and transmit harmonica information ever
since he picked up the harmonica as a teenager and couldn't find a
teacher. While exploring such wide-ranges styles as blues, jazz,
Caribbean music, and the traditional fiddle tunes of his native
Canada, he has published the magazine HIP -- The Harmonica
Information Publication, transcribed John Popper's harmonica
solos to musical notation and tab for the songbook to the Blues
Traveler CD four, and contributed to Howard Levy's Out of the
Box instructional DVD.
In addition to teaching privately and at the Jazzschool, Winslow takes an
active role in organizing the annual SPAH harmonica convention. He contributes
a regular column on chromatic harmonica to the online harmonica magazine
harmonicasessions.com, and has contributed articles to such harmonica
magazines as Harmonica World, Harmonica Happenings, American Harmonica
Newsletter, and Echos France Harmonica. He continues to contribute to the
understanding and appreciation of the harmonica through such online forums as harp-l.com.