THE DARK ANGEL OF THE VIOLIN

One year and a week from today will mark the 50th anniveersary of the death of Eddie South. Who was Eddie South, you ask? Merely one of the greatst jazz violinists of all time. Born in 1904, South studied at the Chicago College of Music and at conservatories in Paris and Budapest but, being a black man in the 1920s & 30s, he was barred from any realistic chance of a career in classical music and turned to jazz. Known as The Dark Angel of the Violin, he always retained a strain of gypsy feeling in his playing, probably from his time and studies in Budapest. A prime example of his music can be found at http://www.20sjazz.com (page 1178).

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2 comments on “THE DARK ANGEL OF THE VIOLIN

  1. Mary Clark says:

    Eddie South’s music is sad, sexy, sweet, sour, and beautiful.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Indeed – plus unique!!! Joe Venuti is more well known & widely regarded (not without some justification) as the greatest jazz violinist ever, but if I could listen to only one, it would be Eddie South.

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