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[May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Musings on the Evolution of Jazz Violin Part Three: The Hot Club of Robinson County

by Anthony Barnett SP: Any comments on the divide between the stylistic approaches of the Grappelli and Stuff Smith and their respective statuses both in the jazz world and among music fans that are not jazz aficionados? Where does the Manouche/French Gypsy violin style stand in your concept of the jazz world? AB: Let’s talk, [...]

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[Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Understanding And Learning Shifting And Higher Positions On The Fiddle Part One

by Carolyn Osborne  Years ago I got to watch my favorite classical violinist, Itzhak Perlman, play the fiddle music of his Jewish heritage, klezmer.  He’s an amazing player, of course, having mastered the hardest classical violin music there is.  But what really struck me as I watched him play with the other klezmer fiddlers is [...]

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[Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The Mishebeyrakh Mode In Klezmer Music Article 4

by Cookie Segelstein In our last article we spoke about the one of the most recognizably Jewish modes,  Freygish. Now I would like to talk about the mode Mishebeyrakh, which (like Ahava Rabboh, the alternate name for Freygish)  is named after a prayer with the musical elements of the mode in the Jewish synagogue liturgy. [...]

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[Apr 2010 | Comments Off | ]

By Tim Woodbridge As described in the previous installment, when Don Messer was 16 he went to Boston, where his Aunt Mary ran a boarding house.  According to biographer Johanna Bertin, he did well for himself, eventually becoming an assistant manager of a store in the Woolworths chain, with prospects of assignment to a store [...]

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[Apr 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
Musings On The Evolution Of Jazz Violin Part Two: Scratch On Wood

by Anthony Barnett SP: More generally, speak to misunderstandings of jazz violin exhibited by the jazz community and/or violinists. AB: That is a big question. I am tempted to answer that things are much better but I am often given cause to wonder. For example, 2009 saw, to my knowledge, three centenary celebrations of Stuff [...]

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[Jan 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Books about American Fiddlers

by Stacy Phillips The past few years have seen a relative bonanza in fiddle-oriented nonfiction in print. Check out the previous review article I wrote for the October 2004 edition of Fiddle Sessions. Here is a rundown of nine of my favorites that are not mainly music transcriptions or instruction. “Fiddler of the Opry – [...]

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[Jan 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Musings on the Evolution of Jazz Violin:  Part One

by Anthony Barnett  SP: Comment on the evolving position of violin in the ragtime, early, swing, bebop and current eras of jazz.   AB: First, let me say I am not the knowledgeable person about ragtime and, say, early string bands. Document CD’s (http://www.document-records.com/index.asp) are a good source of, if not always accurate information, at least [...]

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[Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Don Messer: King of the Ottawa Valley Fiddlers

by Tim Woodbridge May 9th was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Don Messer (1909-1973), the great Canadian fiddler and cultural icon. Measured by popularity, influence and long running success on radio, recordings, and television, Don Messer was arguably the most important Canadian fiddler of his generation, if not the 20th century. His instantly [...]

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[Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Fiddling From Northern Transylvania – A Tune From Maramures

by Miamon Miller    Romanian Transylvania has many sub-regions each with its unique folkloric flavor and traditions and the northern county of Maramureş is no exception. Indeed, each valley can be said to have distinct characteristics.    While most Transylvanian folk bands rely on bowed strings for both melody and accompaniment, Maramureş musicians have gone down a [...]