November 20. 2016
Four violinists were famous in the 20’s to 30’s,Stephan Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Eddie South, Stuff Smith.
Three people except Stephane Grappelli are Americans.
Joe Venuti was an immigrant from Italy.
He played lightly from salon style to aggressive solos, based on classical techniques.
He pioneered the use of string instruments in jazz along with the guitarist Eddie Lang, a friend since childhood.
He became extremely popular in New York in the the late 1920s and early 1930s.
He worked with Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden and others.
Unfortunately, after Eddie Lang’s death in 1933, Venuti’s career began to wane.
However by the violin’s revival boom of the 1960s he was reevaluated.
He recorded many albums until his death in 1978, and he was active in lifelong.
Whereas Grappelli was playing which was conscious of soft tone,Venuti’s improvisation was played at the center of treble.
His timbre is totally solid, and it gets a very sharp impression with a tight attack.
He suffered from alcoholism in his middle age, throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
He died on August 14, 1978 in Seattle.
Here is Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti and their All Star Orchestra play “After You’ve Gone”. (1931)
Here is their rare clip:Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang play “Wild Cat”.
Here is Joe Venuti and Newport All Stars play “Sweet Georgia Brown”.(1969)
Here is Joe Venuti and George Barnes play “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”.
Here is Joe Venuti and Bucky Pizzarelli & Zoot Sims “Blue Four 1974 Jazz FULL ALBUM”
Joe Venuti And Zoot Sims(1~4)
Zoot Sims (ts) Joe Venuti (violin) Dick Hyman (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b) Spencer Clark (bass sax) Cliff Leeman (ds)
NYC, May, 1974
(1)My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms
(4)I Got Rhythm