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    Olivier Babaz on bass and thumb pianos


    French jazz bassist Olivier Babaz has been experimenting with playing kalimba along with his double bass - here he combines two kalimbas, otherwise known as mbiras or thumb pianos, for an impressionistic arrangement of the Cole Porter standard ‘Night and Day’

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    Vivaldi's Spring in Gypsy jazz and folk style


    Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis with Nigel Clark, guitar, and Roy Percy, double bass, play ‘Spring’ from Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as viewed through a prism of gypsy jazz and celtic folk. This clip is from the DVD Live at Iford Manor , filmed in June 2011, and available from ...

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    Fiona Monbet & Gustav Lundgren perform Django Reinhardt's 'Nuages'


    Fiona Monbet, violin, and Gustav Lundgren, guitar, performing ‘Nuages’ by Django Reinhardt at the Stockholm Django Festival 2017.

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    Stéphane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt in 1939: J'attendrai Swing


    Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt perform J’attendrai Swing in 1939 as part of the enormously influential Quintette du Hot Club de France

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    Stéphane Grappelli live in 1978


    In this video from 1978, legendary French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli plays live on Canadian television talk show 90 Minutes Live

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    The art of the violin slide


    Julie Lyonn Lieberman describes how different slides can enhance your string playing, from oozing your way in the true blues style to the Klezmer 'bend'

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    Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein performs Cheek to Cheek


    Jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein performs Cheek to Cheek at the 23rd International Bohém Ragtime Jazz Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary in March last year. The New York City musician and comedian is due to perform at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel in London from 14-18 July 2015 ...

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    Introducing the 'chop': a rhythmic accompaniment for jazz and pop music


    Darol Anger finds a solution for string ensembles performing contemporary music without drums or percussion

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    Violinist Stéphane Grappelli performs 'It Had To Be You'


    Legendary jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli performs 'It had To Be You' with guitarists Martin Taylor and Louis Stewart, and double bassist Jack Sewing in The Grand Opera House, Belfast in April 1986. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day ...

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    New international jazz violin competition awards first €10,000 prize


    Bartosz Dworak has won the €10,000 first prize at the inaugural Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition. The 26-year-old received the award on 19 July at a gala concert in Kraków, Poland. The competition was held as part of the city’s 2014 Summer Jazz Festival. ...

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    Pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz dies aged 94


    American cellist and composer Fred Katz has died at the age of 94. Classically trained, Katz was credited as the first musician to explore the cello's potential for jazz improvisation. Born in New York in 1919, Katz studied piano and cello as a child, and took lessons with Leif Rosanoff, ...