• Mike

    Great article but surely you skipped a step in jumping to Django and his friends. They were strongly influenced by the recordings of Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, who made many fine guitar/violin based records starting in 1926 or so.

  • Hi Mike,
    Thank you for your interest.  And you are correct that Lang and Venuti preceded Django in recording jazz. Unfortunately, I was limited in space for the article and left out much more that was included (90% would be an under statement.)  The focus of the article was on New Orleans string bands around the turn of the century and their influence on the first generation of jazz musicians up to Louis Armstrong.  Django Reinhardt (who is a household name -at least among music lovers of whom are readers of Offbeat publications) was used in the closing paragraph for perspective.