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Joe Venuti

Eddie Lang

Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang were both pioneers of their instruments. Often referred to as the “Father of Jazz Guitar” and the “Father of Jazz Violin,” Lang and Venuti were childhood friends and collaborators. Throughout their careers, they worked with countless jazz icons and entertainers, from Bing Crosby to Earl Hines, and developed a sound that would influence generations of musicians to come. 

In this episode, you’ll hear audio of Joe Venuti playing his violin using a technique in which he would loosen his bow hairs and play with the bow upside down around his violin, allowing him to play all four strings and make chords. That audio is found in this video, around the 5:35 mark. It’s certainly worth the watch.

We’ve created a companion playlist which includes the songs featured in today’s episode as well as some extra treats. Check it out on SpotifyA transcript of this episode can be accessed here.

Song Credits:

  • “There’ll Be Some Changes Made;” Performed by Red Mckenzie and His Music Box, Written by C. Atkins & M. Knopfler; Sony Music Entertainment 
  • “Goin’ Places;” Performed by Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Written by J. Venuti & E. Lang; Universal Digital Enterprises
  • “Cheese and Crackers;” Performed by Joe Venuti’s Four; Written by J. Venuti; Sony Music Entertainment
  • “I’m Somebody’s Somebody Now;” Performed by Annette Henshaw and Four Instrumental Stars, Written by H. Johnson, A. Sherman, & A. Silver, Sony Music Entertainment
  • “Raggin’ the Scale;” Performed by Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, & the Blue Five; Written by Venuti & Lang, Sony Music Entertainment
  • “Wringin’ An’ Twistin’:” Performed by Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, & Eddie Lang, Written by F. Trumbauer, B. Beiderbecke, & F. Waller; Sony Music Entertainment 
  • “Runnin’ Ragged;” Performed by Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Written by E. Lang & F. Trumbauer, Universal Digital Enterprises
  • “Prelude in C Sharp Minor Op. 2;” Performed by Eddie Lang, Written by S. Rachmaninoff; Challenge Records International
  • “There’ll Be Some Changes Made;” Performed by Eddie Lang; Written by C. Atkins & M. Knopfler; Challenge Records International
  • “Bull Frog Moan;” Performed by Lonnie Johnson & Blind Willie Dunn, Written by L. Johnson; Sony Music Entertainment
  • “After You’ve Gone;” Performed by Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang; Written by T. Layton & H. Creamer; Universal Digital Enterprises
  • “Nobody’s Sweetheart;” Performed by Joe Venuti, Red Norvo, & Louis Prima; Written by E. Schoebel; Fuel 2000
  • “Dark Eyes (Ojos Negros); Performed by Joe Venuti; Written by F. Hermann; Vintage Music
  • “Hot Sonatas;” Performed by Joe Venuti & Earl Hines; Written by J. Venuti & E. Hines; Chiaroscuro Records
  • “Stringin the Blues;” Performed by Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang; Written J. Venuti & E. Lang; Universal Digital Enterprises
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