I was watching a video of an interview of Smith Ballew and Seger Ellis. (both recorded with Bix and Tram).
It is fascinating to hear these guys reminisce. One of the topics was Bruce Yantis. He was a violinist who recorded several numbers with Smith Ballew. He also recorded with Seger Ellis, the California Ramblers, and the Mound City Blue Blowers.
Here is the recording with the California Ramblers. (obbligato behind vocal).
And here is the recording with the Mound City Blue Blowers (Indiana).
I am sure you are all familiar with the fantastic Capitolians video.
Mark Cantor identifies the four-string violin player as Philippe D'Arcy or Bruce Yantis.
Here is a photo of Smith Ballew's band at Whyte's Restaurant.
The musicians are identified by Ballew's specialist Geoff Orr.
Listing of musicians left to right is
J.D. Wade, trumpet/
Bruce Yantis, violin and viola, (seated)/
Carl Kress, guitar/
Rex Gavitte, bass/
Lyle Owen, alto saxophone, violin/
Bobby Van Eps, piano/
Babe Russin, tenor saxophone/
Dee Orr, drums/
Wally Curtis, alto saxophone/
Bromo Sulser, alto saxophone, violin.
The guy sitting is Bruce Yantis. Compare with the four-string violinist in the Capitolians video (clearly seen at 5:04). Same or different? I am uncertain. Opinions?