Valaida Snow with Derek Neville’s band
Looking through a bunch of photographs from the archives, I found several photos taken by Hans Spreng when Valaida Snow was playing at the Sihlporte, Zürich, in summer 1937, . These photos are so beautiful that I decided to make a small movie clip from them (with my very small Adobe After Effects knowledge). You can see as well as hear Valaida and (from England) Derek Neville’s Orchestra. “The Mood That I’m In” was recorded in London on July 7 1937 and the personnel is:
Valaida Snow (voc, tp); Derek Neville (as, bar, ldr); Johnny Claes (tp); Reggie Dare (ts); Gun Finley (p); Norman Brown (g); Louis Barreiro (b) and Ken Stewart (d). Almost the same band seems to be on the photos – though I cannot make out the guitar player. Maybe he is the one blowing on a glass in one of the photos?