Eddie South - violin, bandleader (1904 - 1962)
Rarely mentioned now, the violin was an important part of Jazz during it's formative years! It was heard
in the earliest New Orleans bands and was present in most all the new 'Dance' bands at the start of the
20th Century. In fact, violin sections continued to be a part of the jazz music scene right on up to the
Eddie South born on Nov 27, 1904, in Louisiana, MO, began his career in the 1920s. Due to his
Classical Music training, (from Chicago Music College) he would probably have chosen to be a 'classical'
musician, but, unfortunately, in those days the color of his skin precluded that option.
Starting in the early 1920s, South worked in such Chicago bands as Jimmy Wade's Syncopators, the
Charlie Elgar Band, and Erskine Tate