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Ray Ventura

French bandleader Ray Ventura offers rightly been weighed against England’s Jack port Hylton; through the 1920s and ’30s both guys been successful in popularizing jazz and U.S. dance music within their particular countries by purveying available foxtrots sprinkled with true jazz solos and peppered with pop and novelty vocals. Younger …

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Stéphane Grappelli

Among the all-time great jazz violinists (position with Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith among the big 3 of pre-bop), Stéphane Grappelli’s durability and consistently enthusiastic performing did too much to establish the violin being a jazz device. He was originally self-taught as both a violinist along with a pianist, although …

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