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.


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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!

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One Response to “The real Valaida Snow”

  1. Lieber Armin

    Ich schreibe hier, da ich sonst keine Kontaktinfos gefunden habe:

    Nochmals vielen Dank für dein DJ Set gestern im Helsinki. War einmal mehr grossartig! Die perfekte Ergänzung zu Paul das Pausenbrot, um das ganze noch ein wenig stilvoll abzurunden;-)

    War irgendwann sehr müde und habe ganz vergessen, mich von euch zu verabschieden… Sorry!

    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Sommer und hoffentlich bis bald

    Herzliche Grüsse
    Philipp
    Paul das Pausenbrot

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