Adrian Rollini Trio play “Dark Eyes,” “The Minute Waltz,” and “The Girl with Light Blue Hair”

Adrian Rollini (1903-1956)

Adrian Rollini was a jazz musician who played the bass saxophone, vibraphone, piano, and many other instruments. Rollini started taking piano lessons when he was two years old. When he was four years old he gave his first recital (15 minutes long) and among the pieces played was the famous Minute Waltz by Chopin. One day he brought home a saxophone. It took him only a week to learn how to play it. He was equally skilled at the piano, saxophone, vibraphone. Through his career, Rollini played with several of the great jazz musicians of his day including Benny Goodman, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, the Dorsey Brothers, and Bix Beiderbecke. Rollini had his own jazz orchestra, quartet, and trio. In his trio, Adrian Rollini played the piano and the vibraphone. The other members of the trio were Allan Hanlon on guitar and George Hnida on the bass.

Here are three recordings of Adrian Rollini and his trio made in 1948. The pieces played are “Dark Eyes,” “The Minute Waltz,” and “The Girl with Light Blue Hair.” I hope that you enjoy these performances.


Joe Venuti and his Blue Six play “In de Ruff” and “Doin the Uptown Lowdown”

Joe Venuti (c.1903-1978)

Joe Venuti was an American jazz violinist. He is considered to be the father of jazz violin. Together with his friend Eddie Lang (the first great jazz guitarist) they recorded as a duo and played with many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. They played with Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Franckie Trumbauer, the Paul Whiteman orchestra and many more. Here are a couple of recordings done in 1933 by Joe Venuti and his Blue Six. The tunes are called “In de Ruff” and “Doin the Uptown Lowdown.” Enjoy!