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Fred Van Eps

Fred Van Eps (1878–1960) taught himself five-string banjo after becoming acquainted with early brown wax cylinders by banjoist Vess L. Ossman. Van Eps recorded his own homemade cylinders for use as audition material in 1897 and secured a job recording professionally the following year. Van Eps developed into a first-rate technician, his playing always extremely clean and precise. He ultimately recorded for nearly every recording concern in existence well into the 1920s.

The following recordings featuring Fred Van Eps are available in the National Jukebox:

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  Artist Role Title Description Primary Performer(s) Date
Instrumentalist - Banjo The original fox trot Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1915-01-27
Instrumentalist - Banjo Old folks rag Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-09-04
Instrumentalist - Banjo Kak┼źda Instrumental trio Van Eps Trio 1914-08-31
Instrumentalist - Banjo A rag-time episode Banjo solo, with accompaniment Fred Van Eps 1911-01-31
Instrumentalist - Banjo Infanta march Banjo solo, with piano Fred Van Eps 1911-02-28
Instrumentalist - Banjo Pickin' cotton Male vocal duet, with banjo and orchestra Collins and Harlan 1913-02-05
Instrumentalist - Banjo In banjo land Male vocal quartet, with banjo and orchestra Peerless Quartet; Fred Van Eps 1912-11-19
Instrumentalist - Banjo The village barber Descriptive scene, with banjo Byron G. Harlan; Steve Porter 1911-06-07
Instrumentalist - Banjo Rag pickings Banjo solo, with orchestra Fred Van Eps 1911-01-31
Instrumentalist - Banjo Red pepper Banjo solo, with orchestra Fred Van Eps 1911-12-19