Jazz violinist Joe Venuti, circa 1945.
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Joe Venuti, in a suit, playing a violin in front of a microphone.

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The first great jazz virtuoso on the violin, Philadelphia's Joe Venuti led a number of big bands in the 1930s and 1940s and appeared regularly on the Bing Crosby radio show in the early 1950s. After a period of relative obscurity, he experienced renewed popularity in the early 1970s through a series of recordings that demonstrated his still exciting style and virtuosity.

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