Stephane Grappelli. Baron/Hulton Archive
American musicians Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Claude Williams and Joe Venuti tucked the instrument under their chins in the very early days of jazz. But it was a European, Stephane Grappelli, who really carved out a place in jazz for the violin, and non-American musicians, in the post-WWII era.
Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz with the help of these violinists from the U.S. and other parts of the world.