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May 26, 2022 - 8:42 am
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@Gordon Shumway  mentioned "Black Eyes" (aka., Dark Eyes, Les Yeux Noirs) in another thread - seems to have some interesting history. 

Get out your VIOLAS!

Here's a "Dark Eyes" with CELLO & BANJO, mandolin & Dbl Bass - performed by Gipsy Moon

From Wikipedia:

The lyrics were written by Ukrainian Poet, Yevhen Pavlovych Hrebinka. 

BUT, the melody is "Valse hommage", Op. 21 - was originally composed by Florian Hermann, German/Polish Russian - seems he was occasionally described as French/Austrian! (lol) 

"Black Eyes" has been described as "Gypsy Romance" and also as a "Cabaret Song", with the most popular version arranged by Italian born, Brittish Composer - Adaigiso Ferraris! 

Hot Club USA - FABULOUS "Dark Eyes" - Gypsy Jazz Violin, played by Federico Britos, starts at 00:02:45.


"Dark Eyes" TUTORIAL by Chris Haigh! 



Dark Eyes - Gypsy Jazz Backing Track

September 16, 2023 - 9:57 pm
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Joe Venuti has been in the back of my mind since I 1st learned about his playing from Paul Anastasio (Western Swing Thread), at (my 1st?) Fiddle Hell.  Venuti is an important figure in Jazz violin history - influenced many, including Stéphane Grappelli!

He was pretty amazing on the Dick Cavett Show - at 81 years old!  

...so, playing jazz violin keeps you looking young! 🤗


Joe Venuti "Hot Swing Fiddler"- some great recordings from Bing Crosby's Radio Show '52-'53. 

I was surprised to learn that Bing Crosby talked quite a bit about Venuti in his book - guess he really liked him (I haven't read the book).


Anyway, I like it & I'm working on it! 


Another related thread: What is a STOMP?


If anyone thinks Joe Venuti's Style of Jazz fits better in a different thread, let me know - I was kinda on the fence about it... maybe a tad too 'hot'?


January 2, 2024 - 6:44 pm
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...sharing a few videos I like with Gypsy Jazz Licks for Violin to try! 


2 Gypsy Jazz Violin Licks from Tim Kliphuis - for Major, Minor & Diminished Chords. 



Gypsy Jazz Violin Licks from Daniel Garlitsky. 

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