Prof. Linsell (my director, conducting teacher, and former clarinet teacher) just posted this on Facebook. It's amazing for a few reasons:
1) He managed to constuct an in-tune clarinet out of a carrot. That's no easy feat, since the clarinet's tone and pitch are a complicated combination of bore, distance between holes, and even the thickness of the material used (and the material itself). I have a couple metal clarinets at home, and they sound totally different than the wood or plastic ones. So to get a solid tone like that out of a carrot is impressive. I wonder if it was frozen.
2) The tune he plays is way cool. Jazz did, of course, originate with the clarinet (if you trace Jazz up from Dixieland instead of down from Ragtime). The first jazz was always played on the clarinet, and clarinetist Benny Goodman was the pioneer of swing. Alas, somewhere along the way, someone decided that the "standard" instrumentation of a jazz band would include only saxophones and no clarinets.
I did audition for the jazz band once, in high school. They made me audition on the trumpet part, and it didn't go so well. (Never mind that I'd never played jazz before.) More recently, I thought it would be fun to form a small jazz combo in which I could play clarinet. I have a book of Benny Goodman's swing tunes, and a super-jazzy Van Doren B45 mouthpiece from when I played in a Klezmer band in high school. So why not?
Okay, so here's the guy playing the carrot: (if you're curious, he's looping the tune live using a Boss RC20)