Robert Garfias recordings: Jesse Fuller/fotdella, 1968-04-15

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Jesse Fuller/fotdella
10 items  :  6 film reels (16mm, color, sound, silent); OT - 2 reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 2 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:23:19; also see film log and doc file for NK1 United States/96-18 (Blues video)
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Performance by "one-man band" Jesse Fuller, feautring the fotdella (an instrument of his own creation), recorded at the University of Washington, School of Music.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Country blues (Piedmont): Jesse Fuller/fotdella, guitar (amplified) and vocals (also cymbal, harmonica and kazoo)

Recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead, Byong Won Lee, and Margaret Devine with Nagra III, Arriflex 16mm (filmed in color)


68-18.1 (S20) - S418/S-a-1: The Woman I Had, She Left Me Cold in Hand; Running Wild; S418/S-b: San Francisco Bay Blues

68-18.2 (S21) - S419/S-a: John Henry; S419/S-b: Glad Salvation's Free; Hark from the Tomb; S419-c: William Tell Overture (played on guitar; not filmed)

For video versions of films see - NK1 United States/96-18.5 (VHS) or NK1 United States/96-18.14 (Betacam)

For description of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Also see "Roots of American Music" (NK1/93-21) (VHS copy).

Audio tapes digitized 3/2016 (WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 68-18.1.wav (10:51), 68-18.2.wav (12:28)

Documentation: Brief biography of performer

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

FilmsReturn to Top

6 films
Description Dates
S20-S21-A roll- Jesse Fuller
1 film reel, 16mm, blank?
S20-B Jesse Fuller- SF. Bay Blues (W.P.)
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Work Print
Jesse Fuller orig.
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Camera original
Jesse Fuller Answer Print
1 film reel, 16mm, color, sound
Jesse Fuller S20-S21 6 fragments
1 film reel, 16mm, color
Jesse Fuller W.P.
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Work Print

1968018-0001, 1968-04-15Return to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 3

1968018-0002, 1968-04-15Return to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • Cymbals
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Guitar
  • Harmonica
  • Kazoo
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • Vocal
  • country blues--blues
  • piedmont blues--blues

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Fuller, Jesse (performer)