Jeremy Cohen and his ensemble Violinjazz shine new light on the music of one of the greatest jazz violinists of all time, Eddie South, giving new insight on the man know by many as the “Dark Angel of the Violin”. Eddie South was one of the most widely recorded jazz violinists of his time. He was truly one of the greats, and the greats all knew him — Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Ray Nance, Sven Asmussen, and Paul Nero. In fact composer and violinist Paul Nero dedicated his classic jazz fiddle tune, Hot Canary, to Eddie South. But his name and his music are’t known to all violin-loving musicians, historians, and seasoned music buffs.
Violinjazz breathes new life into Eddie South’s works, by both paying homage to South’s solo styles as well as adding their own improvisations. The group consists of master violinist Jeremy Cohen (founder of the group and 1st violin of the GRAMMY® nominated ensemble Quartet San Francisco), world renowned performer, session pianist and arranger for the group Larry Dunlap, Jim Kerwin of the David Grisman Quartet on bass, and Dix Bruce on guitar, who beyond being a well know performer has had over 35 instructional books published by Mel Bay Publications. The group is joined by the preeminent jazz drummer Harold Jones, whose credits include performing and recording with Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughn and is currently playing with Tony Bennett.