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The Wild Fiddler from Philly: Joe Venuti and his Jazz Violin

Joe Venuti, the first star of jazz violin, pioneered the role of string instruments in jazz with guitarist Eddie Lang, ‘The Wild Fiddler of Philly” is equally renowned for his relentless practical jokes. Andy Stein and Marty Grosz sit in to explore the world of Joe Venuti.

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Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz

Eddie Condon was one of the true greats, a renaissance man of jazz—guitarist, bandleader, nightclub owner, and a first-rate wit—a fast-talking, wisecracking Midwesterner. He won the Down Beat poll for “Best Jazz Guitar” in 1943 and ’44. Only 67 when he passed away, he left quite a legacy.

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