Eddie South

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Jazz violinist Eddie South was born on November 27, 1904 and died on April 25, 1962. He graduated from the Chicago Music College. In the 1920s South learned to play jazz, working with Jimmy Wade’s Syncopators, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate. In 1928 he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and toured Europe, including Budapest where he developed an affinity for gypsy melodies which he used as a basis for improvising. He then moved frequently between Chicago and Paris, playing with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. South never had a major success and spent most of his life in obscurity, recording for Chess and Mercury. (Eddie’s name was spelled as Eddy on Chess labels.)

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