Exploring Venuti and Lang
If you have not already, now would be a very good time to explore ExplorePAhistory.com. What will you find? Plenty.
First, take a look at the three overviews: Jazz in Pennsylvania, Jazz in Philadelphia, and Jazz in Pittsburgh.
Then, read the stories behind the historical markers for Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti. And if you dig just a little bit further, you can read Joe Venuti's recollection of the early days with Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti's recollection of a prank on Bix Beiderbecke.
Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service
Funding was provided by The William Penn Foundation.
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Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang
South Philadelphia gave birth to two of the most revered jazz musicians of the 1920s and '30s. Guitarist Eddie Lang and violinist Joe Venuti were teenage friends in South Philly. In our continuing series on historical markers in the Philadelphia region, WHYY's Viet Le says Venuti and Lang went on to find fame in the jazz bands of New York City. [Listen]
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