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Violin in Jazz

Whilst no-one questions the position of the fiddler in any kind of folk band, the jazz violinist constantly has to justify himself in the face of sceptics who believe that they should stick to either Bach or barndances. The violin is still not widely seen as being a natural instrument for swing, despite a history going back to the early days of Jazz.
We are featuring some of great jazz violin players starting with Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Ray Nance, Stephane Grappelli, Billy Bang, Jean-Luc Ponty, Regina Carter….

Joe Venuti – Sweet Lorraine rare
Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang – I’ve Found a New Baby
Ray Nance – Come Sunday
Regina Carter – Kothbiro
Billy Bang – All Blues
Stephane Grappelli – Souvenir de Vilingen
Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli – I Saw Stars (1934)
Michel Petrucciani, Stéphane Grappelli – Flamingo
Maner-Phillips– Angles Of Repose Number One
Regina Carter – Pavane
Billy Bang – Doi Moi
Zach Brock – Common Ground
Christian Howes with Robben Ford – Groove Merchant
Jean-Luc Ponty, Stephane Grappelli, & Stuff Smith – This Can’t Be Love