Lullaby Of Broadway – 1958

Stuff Smith

 

A feature for one of the greatest of jazz violinists

Stuff Smith (1909-67) was one of the “big three” of early jazz violinists and Joe Venuti and Stephane Grappelli.

The hardest-swinger of the trio, Smith, who played the violin as if it were a saxophone, was a big hit on 52nd Street with his Onyx Club Boys (which also featured trumpeter Jonah Jones) during the second half of the 1930s and ended his life living and playing in Europe during 1965-67.

Stuff Smith is featured on “Lullaby Of Broadway” from the 1958 television show Art Ford’s Jazz Party, swinging the heck out of the song at a slow-medium tempo while accompanied by a rhythm section that includes pianist Johnny Guarnieri.

-Scott Yanow

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