Famous Male Jazz Violinists People

Famous Male Jazz Violinists

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List of famous male jazz violinists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male jazz violinists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being jazz violinists. There are thousand of males working as jazz violinists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jazz violinists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a jazz violinist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Billy Bang and Zbigniew Seifert.

While this isn't a list of all male jazz violinists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jazz violinists?" and "Who are the best male jazz violinists?"


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    Stéphane Grappelli was a French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934. It was one of the first all-string jazz bands. He has been called "the grandfather of jazz violinists" and continued playing concerts around the world well into his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1908-1997)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Actor, Jazz Violinist, Jazz Musician
    • Credits: Private Benjamin, Going Places, May Fools, Grappelli: Fascinating Rhythm, Stéphane Grappelli: Live in San Francisco, + more
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    Leroy Jenkins was a composer and avant-garde jazz violinist and violist. Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians while a public school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He led the Revolutionary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1932-2007)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Jazz Violinist, Violist
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    Billy Bang, born William Vincent Walker, was an American free jazz violinist and composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1947-2011)
    • Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Musician, Composer, Jazz Violinist
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    Vassar Carlton Clements was a Grammy Award- winning American jazz, swing, and bluegrass fiddler. Clements has been dubbed the Father of Hillbilly Jazz, an improvisational style that blends and borrows from swing, hot jazz, and bluegrass along with roots also in country and other musical traditions.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1928-2005)
    • Birthplace: Kinard, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Arranger, Record producer, Musician, Fiddler, Jazz Violinist
    • Credits: Nashville
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    Giuseppe Venuti
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    Giuseppe "Joe" Venuti was an Italian-American jazz musician and pioneer jazz violinist.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1903-1978)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Fiddler, Jazz Violinist
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    Matty Malneck was an American jazz violinist, violist and songwriter. Malneck's first professional gigs as a violinist began when he was age 16. He worked with Paul Whiteman from 1926 to 1937, and also recorded in the same period with Frank Signorelli, Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, and Mildred ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1903-1981)
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Actor, Composer, Jazz Violinist, + more
    • Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Hawaiian Nights
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    Zbigniew Seifert was a Polish jazz violinist. Seifert was born in Kraków, Poland in 1946. He played alto saxophone early in his career and was strongly influenced by John Coltrane. He devoted himself to jazz violin when he started performing with the Tomasz Stańko Quintet in 1970 and became one of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1946-1979)
    • Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
    • Profession: Jazz Violinist
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    Elek Bacsik was a Hungarian-born American jazz violinist and guitarist. Bacsik was born in Budapest, the son of Arpad Bacsik and Erzsebet Pocsi. He was of Romani ethnicity and studied violin at the Budapest Conservatory, but found his primary musical inspiration in bebop pioneers Dizzy Gillespie and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1926-1993)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Jazz Violinist
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    Johnny Frigo was an American jazz violinist and bassist. His son, Derek John Frigo, was the lead guitarist for the rock band Enuff Z'nuff. Derek Frigo died of a drug overdose on May 28, 2004. Johnny Frigo died at age 90 of complications from a fall. He had been battling cancer according to some reports ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1916-2007)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Jazz Violinist
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