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Jazz Violin Classics - Stuff Smith, Asmussen, Ponty, Grappelli, Seifert, Blake and many more

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Martin Norgaard is the author of the groundbreaking method books Jazz Fiddle Wizard and Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Jr. for Mel Bay Publications. He is currently a Doctoral Fellow in Music Education with a jazz emphasis at The University of Texas at Austin. Norgaard taught jazz and commercial strings at Belmont University and Vanderbilt University in Nashville for six years and was director of the Belmont Jazz String Quartet and Jazz String Septet, which have been featured at IAJE 2001, MENC 2002 and ASTA 2003. Norgaard is a frequent clinician at state and national conventions of ASTA, TMEA, OMEA, IMEA, MENC, and IAJE and has taught at summer workshops such as the IAJE Teacher Training Institute, the South Carolina Suzuki Institute, the Augusta Heritage Festival and Vanderbilt's International Fiddle School.

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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 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 as far as I know is the earliest recordings of a Jazz String Quartet: Erik Moseholm presents Jazz Strings 1958, a Danish recording featuring Svend Asmussen. For more historical and discographical information see http://www.abar.net/.