Although renowned among the world’s great practical jokers (he once called a few dozen bass players with an alleged gig and asked them showing up making use of their instruments in a occupied street corner simply therefore he could view the resulting chaos), Joe Venuti’s true importance to jazz is really as improvised music’s first great violinist. He was a boyhood friend of Eddie Lang (jazz’s 1st great guitarist) as well as the duo teamed up inside a many settings through the second half of the 1920s, including documenting important duets. Venuti shifted to NY in 1925, and instantly he and Lang had been greatly popular for jazz recordings, studio room work, and golf club appearances. Venuti appeared to play with every best white jazz musician through the segregated period and, in 1929, he and Lang became a member of Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, showing up within the film The Ruler of Jazz. Lang’s early loss of life in 1933 was a significant blow to Venuti, who steadily faded away through the limelight. In 1935, after going to European countries, the violinist shaped a big music group and, though it survived quite awhile and helped introduce both vocalist Kay Starr and drummer Barrett Deems, it had been a minor-league orchestra that just recorded four tracks (which Venuti characteristically entitled “Turn,” “Flop,” “Something,” and “Nothing at all”). His short stint within the armed service during World Battle II ended the best band, so when he was discharged, Venuti trapped to studio function in LA. He was frequently presented on Bing Crosby’s early-’50s radio display, but in actuality the 1936-1966 period was the Dark Age groups for Venuti as he drifted into alcoholism and was mainly forgotten from the jazz globe. Nevertheless, in 1967 Joe Venuti started a major return, playing in the maximum of his forces at Dick Gibson’s Colorado Jazz Party. His long-interrupted documenting career resumed numerous fine classes (coordinating his violin with famous brands Zoot Sims, Earl Hines, Marian McPartland, George Barnes, Dave McKenna, and Bucky Pizzarelli, amongst others) and, despite his more and more bad wellness, Venuti’s final 10 years was a triumph.
|1||Was renowned for his clowning during performances, but was also reputed to be volatile and intolerant of criticism from both audiences and other musicians. His practical jokes were legendary. On one occasion he put an inebriated Bix Beiderbecke into a bath of purple Jell-O, on another he emptied a bag of flour into the bell of a tuba, as it turned out to the detriment of a musician in Paul Whiteman's band.|
|2||Was afflicted by alcoholism by the 1960's.|
|3||Venuti and his friend Eddie Lang bought two instruments at a pawn shop in Philadelphia, and, according to legend, flipped a coin to decide who would play which instrument. Lang got the guitar, Venuti the violin -- the rest is history.|
|4||Toured Europe in 1937 (with Teddy Hill's band), 1952 (with Bill Coleman's Swing Stars), 1959 and 1961 (with Buck Clayton's All-Stars), 1965 (solo) and 1978 (with Earle Warren and Claude Hopkins).|
|5||Was affiliated in the 1920's with Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman and Red Nichols. He also directed the Book-Cadillac Hotel Orchestra for Jean Goldkette (1924) and worked as a free-lance and session player in New York before starting his first band in 1934.|
|6||Was seriously injured during a mugging in 1976, but recovered.|
|7||His theme song was "Last Night".|
|8||He was a famous jazz violinist.|
|9||Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2000.|
|Pete Kelly's Blues||1955||Tuxedo Band Member (uncredited)|
|Disc Jockey||1951||Joe Venuti|
|Belle of Old Mexico||1950||Joe Venuti|
|Sarge Goes to College||1947||Violin, The Jam Session|
|The Little Broadcast||1943||Short||Jazz Violinst (uncredited)|
|Garden of the Moon||1938||Musician|
|Flying Down to Rio||1933||Violinist in Orchestra (uncredited)|
|King of Jazz||1930||Violinist / Violin Sextet (uncredited)|
|Mafia II||2010||Video Game "BEATIN THE DOG", "GOIN' PLACES", "STRINGING THE BLUES"|
|Sweet and Lowdown||1999||performer: "After You've Gone" 1918|
|The Fortune||1975||writer: "Pretty Trix" - uncredited|
|Sarge Goes to College||1947||performer: "Blues In B Flat and Old Black Joe"|
|Garden of the Moon||1938||performer: "The Lady on the Two Cent Stamp" 1938, "The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish" 1938 - uncredited|
|Hollywood Hotel||1937||music: "Satan's Holiday" 1934 - uncredited|
|King of Jazz||1930||music: "Wild Cat" - uncredited / performer: "Wild Cat", "Caprice Viennois, Op. 2", "Tambourin Chinoise, Op. 3" - uncredited|
|Big Band Bash||1978||TV Movie||Himself|
|Tonight!||1956||TV Series||Himself - Musican|
|Teresa Brewer and the Firehouse Five Plus Two||1951||Short||Himself|
|Sing, Helen, Sing||1943||Short||Himself (bandleader)|
|The Voice of Hollywood No. 3||1930/II||Short||Himself|
|The Voice of Hollywood No. 3||1930/I||Short||Himself|
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