On 02/05/2015, Tom Fine wrote:

> By the way, potential ARSC Journal article -- was Venuti really the
> pioneer of using a violin in jazz music? His first recording was in
> 1926, a good bit after jazz music had bubbled up in New Orleans.
> Fiddle players were all over the south, so did someone else put a
> fiddle with jazz music earlier? And record it?
Lonnie Johnson recorded a couple of jazz violin tracks in 1925. They are
in the 4-CD box set of Johnson on JSP records.

In the family band in New Orleans, his father and brother(s) played
the violin parts while Lonnie played guitar, but the violin was the
first instrument he learned as a child.

That band played whatever people wanted to hear, including rags and

Don Cox
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