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VIOLIN JAZZ


Featuring some of the lesser known yet brilliant players:
Svend Assumsen
Emilio Caceres
Ginger Smock
Stuff Smith

and . . .

Ray Nance, right


VIOLIN JAZZ

Violin and string jazz began in the 1920s with Joe Venuti and Eddie South.  It was further developed in the 1930s by Stephane Grappelli (with Django Reinhardt in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France), Stuff Smith, Svend Asumussen, Emilio Caceres, and Ray Nance with Duke Ellington. 

Violin jazz developed as an offshoot of, but in parallel with the main body of jazz, adding pathos, humor, color and depth to the music.  Violin and string jazz, Hot Club, and Gypsy swing styles have created their own aesthetic, vocabulary, personality and dialect.

Today, Violin jazz masters are bridging musical genres, bringing the flavors of Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Western Swing, and World music to the language of jazz.


Pt. 1 - Lesser-known Violinists of Jazz

UNKNOWN VIOLINISTS of JAZZ 1A.mp3
ALL GOD’S CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM  --  The String Band featuring George Washingmachine, 2001
I WANT TO BE HAPPY  --  Paul Anastasio & Tony Marcus, 2004
JIVE BOMBER  --  Tim Kliphius, 2005
EVELINE  --  Fapy Lafertin Quintet & Tim Kliphouse, 2003
CHRISTMAS SWING  --  Michel Warlop & Django Reinhardt, duet Paris, 1937
HARMONIQUES  --  Michel Warlop and his Septet, Paris 1941
STRANGE HARMONY  --  Michel Warlop and his Orchestra, Paris 1935
MY MELANCHOLY BABY  --  Svend Asmussen, 1940
IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING  --  Svend Asmussen, 1944 
MY BLUE HEAVEN  --  Svend Asmussen, Copenhagen 1940
STOMPIN’ AT DECCA  --  Tchavolo Schmitt, featuring Costel Nitescu, 2005
CHEEK TO CHEEK  --  Tchavolo Schmitt, featuring Costel Nitescu, 2005

UNKNOWN VIOLINISTS of JAZZ 1B.mp3
BAKIFF  --  Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra featuring Ray Nance, 1941
MOON MIST  --  Duke Ellington & his Famous Orch, featuring Ray Nance
GUT GELAUNT  --  Helmut Zacharias, Berlin 1942
COTTONTAIL  --  Duke Ellington Violin Sessions, Paris 1963
   


Pt. 2 - Lesser-known Violinists of Jazz

UNKNOWN VIOLINISTS of JAZZ 2A.mp3
FINE AND DANDY  --  Fapy Lafertin Quintet & Tim Kliphouse, 2003
ANYTHING GOES  --  Paul Anastasio & Tony Marcus, 2004
I GOT RHYTHM  --  Emilio Caceres Trio, 1937
JIG IN C  --  Emilio Caceres Trio, 1937
RUNNING WILD  --  Emilio Caceres Trio, 1927
MIKE  --  Florin Niculescu, 2005
I FOUND A NEW BABY  --  Florin Niculescu, 2005
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE  --  Birelli Lagene, featuring Florin Niculescu, 2001
STRANGE BLUES / EXACTLY LIKE YOU  --  Ginger Smock
BLUES IN THE NIGHT  --  Ginger Smock
WHAT’S YOUR STORY MORNING GLORY  --  Paul Anastasio & Tony Marcus, 2004 
SWING 42  --  Birelli Lagrene featuring Florin Niculescu, 2001

UNKNOWN VIOLINISTS of JAZZ 2B.mp3
DEAR OLD SOUTHLAND  --  Eddie South, 1944
CHEROKEE  --  Eddie South, 1944
MINOR SWING  --  Claude Laurence (Andre Hodeir) & his Orchestra 1942
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN  --  Oscar Aleman featuring Hernan Oliva Buenos Aires 1942
LIMEHOUSE BLUES  --  Oscar Aleman with Sven Asmussen, Copenhagen 1938
SWEET SUE  --  Oscar Aleman with Sven Asmussen, Copenhagen 1938
THE LADY IS A TRAMP  --  Florin Nichulescu, 2005
  



















Svend Asmussen


Pt. 1 - Pioneering Jazz Violinists

JOE VENUTI, STUFF SMITH & CO Pt 1.mp3
PRETTY TRIX  --  Andy Stein and Friends, 1986
VENU-PELLI BLUES  --  Stephane Grappelli & Joe Venuti, 1987
FOUR STRING JOE  --  Venuti-Lang

JOE VENUTI, STUFF SMITH & CO Pt. 2.mp3
APPLE BLOSSOMS  --  Prague Jazzophonics, 1991
MYSTERY  --  Terry Waldo and the Gotham City Band, 1984
GOIN’ PLACES  --  Andy Stein and Friends, 1986
KICKIN’ THE CAT  --  Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, 1927
STRINGIN’ THE BLUES  --  Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, 1926
THE WILD DOG  --  Venuti’s Blue Four, 1926
   















Emilio Caceres


VINTAGE JAZZ VIOLIN LINKS:


JOE VENUTI at Red Hot Jazz.com

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI at Red Hot Jazz.com
STUFF SMITH
STUFF SMITH at Wikipedia
EDDIE SOUTH at Wikipedia
   




Florin Niculescu


CONTEMPORARY VIOLIN JAZZ LINKS:


GEORGE WASHINGMACHINE - Official website
PEARL DJANGO - Official site
HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO - Official website
VIOLIN JAZZ - "For the modern string player"
DUTCH JAZZ VIOLINIST TIM KLIPHUIS