The mad fiddler from Philly

August 29, 2009 at 2:36 am (funny, jazz, Jim D)

Venuti, Joe - Joe Venuti And Zoot Sims CD Cover Art CD music music CDs songs album

I missed the anniversary of jazz violinist and legendary practical joker  Joe Venuti‘s death (14 Aug 1978), and we haven’t quite reached the anniversary of his birth (16 Sept 1903), so here’s a little in-between tribute: an all-too-brief colour film of him and his childhood friend, fellow Italian-American and musical partner, guitarist Eddie Lang in 1929:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql3eF8cpNVs&feature=related]…

… now you know where Django and Stephane got the idea from…

…and here’s Venuti towards the end of his career and life, in 1974:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YxD_KxPHTE&feature=related]

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