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Eddie South


Among the best violinists from the pre-bop period, Eddie South was an excellent technician who all, were it all not for the general racism of that time period, would probably have already been a high classical violinist. A kid prodigy, South graduated from your Chicago Music University. Since traditional positions weren’t open to dark violinists within the 1920s, South discovered to try out jazz (helped away by Darnell Howard). In the first to middle-’20s, he worked well in Chicago with Jimmy Wade’s Syncopators, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate. South’s 1928 stop by at European countries (where he analyzed in the Paris Conservatoire) produced a deep impression within the violinist, especially his stop by at Budapest; down the road, he would frequently use gypsy melodies like a basis for jazz improvising. In 1931, South came back to Chicago, where his regular music group included the youthful bassist Milt Hinton. In 1937, he went to Paris and experienced the chance to record with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Nevertheless, South never had a major discovery commercially in his profession. He did focus on radio and tv, but spent the majority of his existence in comparative obscurity, gigging in NY, LA, and specifically Chicago. Eddie South’s early recordings (covering 1927-1941) have already been reissued on a set of Classics CDs. In old age he documented for Chess and Mercury, and in addition produced a final arranged released by Trip.

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Full Name Eddie South
Date Of Birth November 27, 1904
Died April 25, 1962, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Fiddler
Education Chicago Musical College
Music Songs La Rosita, Black Gypsy, Two Guitars, That's What I Call Keen, Hejre Kati, Old Man Harlem, My! Oh My!, Marcheta, The Voice of the Southland, Mama Mocking-Bird, By the Waters of Minnetonka, Fiddle Blues, No More Blues, Praeludium and Allegro, Doin' the Raccoon, My Ohio Home, Rose Room, Somebody Loves Me, Eddie's Blues, Dinah, Mad Monk, At the Ball, Fiddleditty, My Ohio Home - Test, That's What I Call Keen - Test, La Rosita - Test, Nagasaki - Test, I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me, Zigeuner, Melodie in A, Improvisation sur le 1er mouvement du concerto en ré mineur de J-S. Bach, Sighs and Tears
Albums Eddie South: The Dark Angel of the Fiddle: The Complete Standard Transcriptions, Vintage Chansons, L'ange noir du violon (Mono version) [feat. Django Reinhardt], Eddie South Selected Favorites, Black Gypsy, Best Hits Collection of Eddie South, Black Gipsy, Eddie South, The Violin Prodigy, The Chronological Classics: Eddie South 1937-1941, Eddie South Plays Jazz Violin: The Greatest Hits of the Dark Angel of the Fiddle, Essential Hits, Eddie South (Doxy Collection), Marcheta, Eddie South's These Things You Left Me, Two Guitars, Complete Jazz Series 1923 - 1937, The Best of Django Reinhardt, US Jazzmen in Europe 1926-1929, The Chronological Classics: Eddie South 1923-1937, Hits of Eddie South, The Best of Eddie South (Deluxe Edition), Eddie South & Ginny Simms

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