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The Violin in Jazz

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A Short History of Jazz Violin

FiddleJazz explores the unique and relatively unknown history of the violin in jazz. The concert will feature works by or associated with the most influential jazz violinists in history, beginning with Duke Ellington's mentor, and Anton Dvorák's student, Will Mercer Cook. The concert touches on all major movements in jazz, and the role of violinists in their development, from Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, and Stephane Grappelli, through fusion pioneers like Jean Luc-Ponty and Didier Lockwood, to modern proponents like Mark O'Connor and Regina Carter.

Here are videos demonstrating the band's approach to a few of the works of those artists:

1. Dvorák's influence: Humoresque

2. Will Marion Cook: Who Dat Say Chicken?

3. Stuff Smith: I's A-Muggin'