Joe Venuti

Giuseppe (Joe) Venuti (September 16, 1903 to August 14, 1978) is an American jazz musician and violinist. Venuti claimed that he was born on a ship with his parents, but many people believe he was born in Philadelphia. He is considered the father of jazz violin and pioneered jazz using string instruments, along with Eddie Lang, a childhood friend. Venuti recorded many recordings in the 1920s and 1930s. Benny Goodman and the Dorsey brothers, Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters were among his collaborators. After Lang’s death in 1933, however, he started to disappear from the public eye. After a time of relative anonymity in the 1940s, 1950s, he was “rediscovered” in the 1960s. He established a musical partnership with Zoot Sims, a tenor saxophonist, which was nearly as fruitful as his previous collaborations with Lang. In 1974/75, Venuti and Sims recorded a variety of exciting recordings. This was a fitting end to the career of the great violinist. Venuti recorded and performed in the middle of the 1970s. Good examples of his later-day recordings were the Chiaroscuro CDs Joe Venuti (CR(D] 142) and Joe

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