Joe Venuti
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1903-09-16
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Joe Venuti Biography (Wikipedia)

Giuseppe "Joe" Venuti (possibly September 16, 1903 – August 14, 1978) was an Italian-American jazz musician and pioneer jazz violinist.

Considered the father of jazz violin,[citation needed] he pioneered the use of string instruments in jazz along with the guitarist Eddie Lang, a childhood friend of his. Through the 1920s and early 1930s, Venuti and Lang made many recordings, as leader and as featured soloists. He and Lang became so well known for their 'hot' violin and guitar solos that on many commercial dance recordings they were hired to do 12- or 24-bar duos towards the end of otherwise stock dance arrangements. In 1926, Venuti and Lang started recording for the OKeh label as a duet (after a solitary duet issued on Columbia), followed by "Blue Four" combinations, which are considered milestone jazz recordings. Venuti also recorded a number of larger, more commercial dance records for OKeh under the name "New Yorkers".

He worked with Benny Goodman, Adrian Rollini, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, Frank Signorelli, the Boswell Sisters, and most of the other important white jazz and semi-jazz figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s. However, following Lang's death in 1933, Venuti's career began to wane, though he continued performing through the 1930s, recording a series of commercial dance records (usually containing a Venuti violin solo) for the dime store labels, OKeh and Columbia, as well as the occasional jazz small group sessions. He was also a strong early influence on western swing players like Cecil Brower. (Many of the 1920s OKeh sides continued to sell through 1935, when ARC reissued selected sides on the 35-cent Vocalion label.)

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Beatin’ The Dog
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Beatin’ The Dog
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Put And Take
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Put And Take
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Sweet Lorraine
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Sweet Lorraine
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Goin’ Places
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Goin’ Places
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Body And Soul
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Body And Soul
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What Can I Say
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What Can I Say
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Nobody Loves Me
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Nobody Loves Me
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Running Ragged
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Running Ragged
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Four String Joe
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Four String Joe
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The Wild Dog
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The Wild Dog
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Goin' Places
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Goin' Places
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Doin' Things
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Doin' Things
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Wild Cat
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Wild Cat
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Stringin' the Blues
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Stringin' the Blues
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Joe Venuti - A Mug Of Ale
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Joe Venuti - A Mug Of Ale

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