Local man makes big sounds with harmonica

Bernie Fields

Bernie Fields makes big sounds come out of his tiny harmonica.

For more than five decades the Oak Park resident has played the instrument professionally in symphonies, jazz bands, movie and television soundtracks, on artist recordings and as a cruise ship performer. On his harmonica, the 68-year-old can emulate sounds made by a flute, violin, muted trumpet or accordion.

“A lot of people associate the harmonica with country music or a campfire. But w...

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