BiographyThough not as well-known or extensively recorded as counterparts Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith, South nonetheless ranks among the important early jazz violinists. He received classical training in his younger days, though the tenor of the times (racially speaking) ultimately led him to jazz. Travel and study in Europe exposed him to Gypsy modes and influences which, combined with an impeccable technique and a strong sense of swing, account for the particularities of his rough-edged playing style. South's music, certainly more than a historical footnote in the Swing annals, remains a joy to hear.
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