by Whet Moser
I was poking around the Web today and came across a fascinating Chicago musician who was new to me: Eddie South. He was classically trained in violin at the Chicago Music College, but due to the color line, made his living in Chicago jazz groups. Travels to Europe brought him in contact with Hungarian folk music, and he cut a few records with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. His music is back in circulation thanks to the work of British archivist Anthony Barnett and the group Violinjazz.
Here's Reinhardt, Grappelli, and South improvising on Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D:
And the same trio doing "Daphne":
South ("The Dark Angel of the Violin") in a blurry clip:
And one more: