Personalities | Joe Venuti | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Violin, 1903–78)

Venuti teamed up with guitarist Eddie Lang in 1926 for some classic duet sessions on OKeh. They reprised their intimate chemistry on 1928 sessions and worked together through the 1920s and 1930s on recordings for Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman, Red McKenzie and Roger Wolfe Kahn. In 1933 Venuti led small group sessions and in 1935 fronted a big band. He experienced a major comeback in the 1970s. Venuti was a great practical joker and is fondly remembered in amusing anecdotes from many of his colleagues.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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