“Ginger Smock: First Lady of the Jazz Violin” By Prof. Laura Risk

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from Strings Magazine, November/December 2020 issue

Featured on the cover of the November/December 2020 issue of String Magazine is an article by Laura Risk, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music and UTSC Department of Arts, Culture and Media, profiling Ginger Smock, Jazz violin virtuoso and ground-breaking band leader.

“One of the first women to record “hot” jazz improvisations on the violin, and one of the first female African American bandleaders on television, her horn-like solos and dramatic stage presence electrified audiences across the country. Her story may be punctuated with closed doors but is defined by those she pushed open and walked right through.”

As part of her research into Smock’s life and music, Prof. Risk worked with a member of her extended family, and with the family of Canadian jazz violin collector John Reeves, to bring their collections of Ginger Smock memorabilia (including her violin) to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Read more at Strings Magazine