The real Valaida Snow
My efforts to make it clear that a certain photo by William Claxton does not – as you can read on different websites – show Valaida Snow but Lorraine Glover, trumpeter Donald Byrd’s wife, did not bear much fruit. I thought I could do better than to just bemoan the fact that a lot of people draw the Valaida Snow conclusion as soon as they see a vintage photo with a woman holding a trumpet. So i decided to give you a photo of Valaida in all her glory that you may not have seen before – at least not on the web.
This is Valaida on the September 1937 issue of Music, the official organ of the Jazz Club de Belgique. This is not a signed copy, the autograph was on the photo they used for the cover. Unfortunately there’s nothing about Valaida inside the magazine. But what a beautiful photograph!