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BOOKS:
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 1
(middle school)
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 2
(upper middle/high school)
Jazz Fiddle Wizard
(College)

ORCHESTRA MUSIC:
Stringin' the Blues
(grade 3.5)
Swing on a String
(grade 3)
Swing There, Done That
(grade 2.5)

STRING QUARTET MUSIC: Jammin' Jazz Standards

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Education:
Syllabus 1
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History:
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Listen To Jazz Violin Classics.

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I have collected Jazz Violin recordings for close to thirty years. Since many of these classic recordings are hard to find I've started a radio station featuring my favorite Jazz Violin recordings using Live365.com's service. The music range from early swing by Joe Venuti, Eddie South, Svend Asmussen & Stephane Grappelli (or Grappelly as he spelled his name at that time) through bebop by Harry Lookofsky & Jean-Luc Ponty (including his classic LP from 1967 Sunday Walk) to fusion by Michal Urbaniak and free/modal by Zbigniew Seifert. Seifert, a personal favorite of mine, set very high standards for that style that in my opinion have never been surpassed. Of the swing tracks I included some very rare duets between Svend Asmussen and Ulrik Neumann. On two cuts Asmussen uses the 4 string technique pioneered by Joe Venuti where the stick of the bow is under the violin and the bow hairs therefore touch all 4 strings simultaneously. The classic concert recording, Violin Summit, from 1966 with Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli, Svend Asmussen and Jean-Luc Ponty is also included.

In addition, I feature what is one of the earliest recordings of a Jazz String Quartet in which all the musicians were established improvisers (Thanks to Anthony Barnett who is doing research on this subject.): Erik Moseholm presents Jazz Strings 1958, a Danish recording that feature Svend Asmussen and Poul Olsen violins, Finn Ziegler viola and Erling Christensen cello plus Moseholm on double bass. A recording by The Turtle Island String Quartet, who continues this tradition, is also featured.

Many of the recordings are  from out-of-print LP's and CD's and are very hard to find. I highly recommend www.gemm.com which is a website that searches thousand of record stores if you want to purchase some of these recordings. Also www.allmusic.com has discographical and biographical information about nearly all the players featured on my radio station.

Thanks for listening,
Martin Norgaard, April 2001.

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