[Dixielandjazz] Violin in Jazz

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Sat Mar 12 17:59:05 PST 2005

Hi all,

There are several CDs put out by the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra on 
Delmark that feature William Russell on violin. As I recall reading in 
the liner notes he was born in 1905 - here is a link to some 
biographical and bibliographical information:

and http://www.jazzbymail.com/artists/noro.html is one vendor that has 
them - sure to be available other places.

The balance of the violin line to the horns is quite good!

Dave Richoux
On Mar 12, 2005, at 3:11 PM, D and R Hardie wrote:

> Hi Steve,
>  While the Bolden band photo shows 2 clarinets other evidence confirms 
> that he most often had a violin lead. Our experiments
> with the 2 clarinet lead  formula have not yet proved fruitful, being 
> confused about who was doing what, but we did try piccolo lead  (a la 
> the Eagle band with Bab Frank as leader and Bunk Johnson on cornet). 
> That was a good sound.
>  I did read a comment somewhere that the Creole Orchestra sounded much 
> like the ODJB
> when the latter was not playing hell for leather for recording 
> purposes.
> Our current  line up is the same as the Creole Orchestra. Played with 
> sensitivity the continuous violin lead does not need to be  screechy, 
> though Shiek's comments sound right on. It can also be very jazzy 
> indeed in the right hands. The sweet sounding cornet is well matched 
> to the fiddle's tone.
>  Let's have a copy of the wax cylinder  record when you get it.
> regards
> Dan Hardie
> On Saturday, March 12, 2005, at 03:10  PM, Steve barbone wrote:

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