VIOLINISTS and the VIOLIN
Ben Powell Just discovered this remarkable young jazzer. Beautiful sound and lovely execution. I can hear plenty of Grapelli in his playing, but Ben brings a freshness to the style that I really like.
Mark Feldman My favourite improvising violinist: great range, formidable technique, and a beautiful sound. Just give him a listen. We did an improvised duet recording for BBC Radio 3's "Mixing It" in 2004.
John Blake Jr. The real thing - a true jazz violinist. I loved his playing with McCoy Tyner, and he is still delivering the goods.
Adam Baldych is a young electic violinist from Poland - land of the great Zbigniew Seifert and Michal Urbaniak. He sounds like a cross between Allan Holdsworth and John Scofield.
http://www.billythompson.co.uk Billy is a fine player, based in Wales, and is known for working in Barabara Thompson's Paraphernalia.
Pete Hartley is also an alumnus of Paraphernalia.
Tim Kliphuis is a Hot Club specialist teacher and player. If you want to know how to play like Grappelli - Tim's your man.
The Fiddle Forum A top resource for all string players of all genres. Loads of interesting people and plenty of good discussions.
Violinist.com More classically orientated, with many top players and makers involved, v.com can provide great insight into the violin world.
Jazz Violin!!!! A Facebook group for jazz violin run by Colin Greenlaw.
Fiddling Around Possibly the most comprehensive violin/fiddle site on the web. This is fiddler extraordinaire Chris Haigh's site
London Fiddle Convention Does what it says on the tin. Workshops, performances and a contest.
Maestronet Check out auction prices for violin family instruments from different makers..
Atelier Violins This is Jed Murphy's site - he also makes great fiddles, and organises the Bushey Fiddle Hell.
Sean Bishop Sean can offer the finest of stringed instruments and bows in his London shop.
The Amati Collection Great instruments and top restorations from this Brighton-based dealer.
JAZZ and other Music Networks
European Jazz Network This is the site where you can find info on hundreds of jazz musicians, venues, agents, promoters, festivals... ...in fact anything in the world of jazz.
Outside Shore is Marc Sabatella's website. Here you will find one of the best resources on the web for jazz theory. I have used this site pretty often to help clarify issues of harmony, and always send my students here.
Jazzstandards.com gives in depth understanding of the top 1000 standards with descriptions of the tunes' form, what they were written for, who has recorded them, and which sheet music books contain them. Another great resource.
North West Jazz Works All about jazz in the North West of England
Manchester Jazz Festival This is a super festival that has been going since 1995. I have played at many of them, with Richard Wetherall, Paul Kilvington, Stephen Grew, my improvising string quartet, Graham Massey and Deep Cabaret.