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Jazz violin is the use of the violin or electric violin to improvise solo lines. The earliest references to jazz performance using the violin as a solo instrument was during the first decades of the 20th century. Early jazz violinists included Eddie South, who played violin with Jimmy Wade's Dixielanders in Chicago; Stuff Smith; Claude "Fiddler" Williams, who played with Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy. Joe Venuti was best known for his work with guitarist Eddie Lang during the 1920s. Georgie Stoll was a jazz violinist who became an orchestra leader and film music director.
Since that time there have been many superb improvising violinists including Noel Pointer, Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty. While not primarily jazz violinists, Darol Anger and Mark O'Connor have spent significant parts of their careers playing jazz, while emerging artists like Sara Caswell, Scott Tixier and Jeremy Kittel are equally fluent in both progressive and older styles of jazz. Violins also appear in string ensembles or big bands supplying orchestral backgrounds to many jazz recordings. Recent fast progress in the modern jazz violin expression has resulted in extensive pedagogical research and publishing. Among the best-known and worldwidely acknowledged contributions in advanced instrumental technique is Stringprovisation by Ari Poutiainen.
The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings usually tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello, and double bass. A violinist produces sound by either drawing a bow (normally held in the right hand) across one or more strings (which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches), plucking the strings (with either hand), or a variety of other techniques. In jazz-rock fusion styles, jazz violinists may use an electric violin plugged into an instrument amplifier along with effects such as a wah pedal or a distortion fuzzbox.

Gypsy Klezmorim

Although not the oldest in the world, Roma (Gypsy) music is certainly the most traveled, covering thousands of miles in a journey that lasted centuries.  As the Roma traveled, their music influenced, blended with and took on the colors of the musical traditions of many places visited along the way.  Over the centuries, Gypsies managed to survive because of a variety of crafts, fortune-telling, and performing music. They kept absorbing all kinds of music around them, while their own musical performances became famous everywhere, including the US.  It became commonplace to see Gypsy and Jewish Klezmermusicians playing together, this influenced the Klezmorim to take on some of the characteristics of Gypsy music and vice versa.Russian composers and writers have always been fond of Roman music.  “Aleko” by Pushkin, “Zhivoy Trup” by Tolstoy, “Yama” by Kuprin, “Bespridannitsa” by Ostrovsky are only a few of the many Russianliterature creations which where influenced by Gypsy culture and music

 

Ceremony music/Prelude

Prior to the ceremony, while guests are arriving
• Ave Maria (Schubert / Gounod)

• The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

• Greensleeves (Traditional)

• Rhapsody In Blue (Gershwin)

• God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)

• As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss)

• Arioso (Bach)

• Ode To Joy (Beethoven)

• Brandenburg Concerto #2 (Bach)

• Gloria (Vivaldi)

• Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

Processional & Bridal music

Played during the time the family, wedding party, and the bride walk down the aisle.
• Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) (Wagner)
• Trumpet Voluntary in D (Clarke or Purcell)
• Canon in D (Pachelbel)
• The Four Seasons (Handel)
• Water Music (Handel)
• What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
• Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
• I Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
• When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
• In My Life (The Beatles)
• March From Lohengrin (Wagner)

Interlude music (optional)

The songs played during the ceremony
• Ave Maria (Schubert)

• Amazing Grace (Traditional)

• La Traviata (Verdi)

• Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

• And I Love Her (The Beatles)

• Primavera: First Movement, Allegro (Vivaldi)

• Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)

• Für Elise (Beethoven)

• We’ve Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)

• Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)

Recessional music

New husband & wife walk up the aisle together
• Wedding March (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) (Mendelssohn)
• Ode To Joy (Ninth Symphony of Beethoven)
• Hallelujah Chorus (The Messiah” of Handel)
• Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
• Magnificat In D (Bach)
• The Long And Winding Road (The Beatles)