Alone At the Palace
Dave McKenna & Joe Venuti
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For one of violinist Joe Venuti's final recording sessions, he engages in a set of duets with the talented swing pianist Dave McKenna. The original LP had a dozen performances and the reissue CD adds seven more. In addition to the usual standards, there are several Dixieland tunes (including three versions of "At the Jazz Band Ball") and four Venuti originals. McKenna (with his rolling basslines) was a perfect partner for the violinist, making this set one of the best of Venuti's later years.
Born: 30 May 1930 in Woonsocket, RI
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s