Black History Month: A Shared History

Washboard XT

A SHARED HISTORY in recognition of Black History Month at the 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y would like to celebrate and honor the historic leaders of the Black Community. As part of this celebration, we are hosting a series of events featuring the one and only Washboard XT, a jazz drummer for Singin’ Drums, his exploration of the washboard. We are greatly he will be performing at three events at the 14th Street Y. We hope you join us!



Wednesday, February 13, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Community Room AB
FREE and open to all!

A washboard’s perspective of life on the plantation. A sensory journey into communication.


14YSTORIES: ANCESTRY A Shared History in Recognition of Black History Month 

Would you like to share your story? Complete the submission form below. Please note: limited spots available.

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Lobby
FREE and open to all! RSVP Today – due to the limited capacity, we require reserving a spot in advance.

We’re all connected through a shared history. Join us on February 27th as our diverse community comes together to share personal stories and histories in the tradition of U.S. African culture. It’s so important that we pass along stories and personal histories to educate and inspire future generations.

Washboard XT (Newman Taylor Baker), will be joining us for this inspiring event, sharing his story and his unique musical talents including the washboard and hambone (body percussion). Washboard XT, a 14Y community member, is a jazz drummer for Singin’ Drums, his exploration of the washboard, and his work with musicians Matthew Shipp Trio, Henry Threadgill, Billy Bang, Henry Grimes, Leroy Jenkins, and DiedreMurray and choreographers Mickey Davidson, Joanne Tucker, and Julie Gayer Kris.

Learn more about Washboard XT at