Jazz Violin 1926-Present

Eddie South

Eddie South

While the violin's acceptance as a lead voice in traditional jazz continues to grow, it is also a fact that it has been a part of the music since the beginning. Along the way pioneers of the instrument such as Joe Venuti, Eddie South, Stéphane Grappelli, and Stuff Smith blazed trails that continue to inform and inspire.

In this clinic Zach will answer questions such as:

Stéphane Grappelli

Stéphane Grappelli

  • How was the violin introduced in jazz?
  • Who are the great artists and innovators on this instrument from 1926 to now?
  • What are some of the defining characteristics and techniques of jazz violin?
  • How does one use the violin in the context of a standard jazz orchestration?
  • What are some recorded examples of great jazz violin improvisation?

This clinic is suitable for:

  • Library Lecture Series
  • Museum Lecture Series
  • Community Arts Centers
  • Chautauquas
  • Continuing Adult Education Courses
  • Elementary - High School Music Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Music Camps
  • House Concerts
Stuff Smith

Stuff Smith

The lecture requires an A/V system capable of projecting video and reproducing sound.

This presentation was originally developed in 2000 through Zach's participation in "The Jazz Age in Paris, 1914-1940," a travelling lecture series made possible through a partnership of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Smithsonian Institution.


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Zach's teaching resumé stretches back over twenty years and is preceded by an intensive and diverse education in both classical and jazz music.

Zach received his Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University as a student of Dr. Myron Kartman who himself is a celebrated protégé of the renown pedagogue Max Rostal.

Zach has participated in jazz workshops and camps such as the Jamey Aebersold Workshop, Stanford Jazz, Skidmore Jazz Institute, Banff, and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. He has studied privately with jazz artists such as Michael Kocour, Bobby Broom, Orbert Davis, John Moulder, Garry Dial, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Phil Markowitz, and Dave Liebman.

Zach is currently 'Artist In Residence' at Temple University in Philadelphia and adjunct faculty at The New School in New York City. He has also taught at the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, FL since 2012.


Past residencies, masterclasses, and workshops include:

  • Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
  • Oberlin College
  • UNC Greeley
  • Knox College
  • Humber College, Toronto, ON
  • Temple University
  • CSU Fort Collins
  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • University of Kentucky
  • Ashland University
  • Portland State University
  • Western Illinois University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Mike Block String Camp
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Minnesota Mankato
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst