While master tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins was living in Europe in the 1930s he also spend some time in Switzerland where he played with different swiss bands who enthusiatically took the chance to play with one of the originators of a music they were working hard to master, especially in regard to the subtle rhythmic relationships necessary to create a swinging feeling. Continue reading
Archive for 1937
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?
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. Continue reading
Trumpeter and singer Valaida Snow (1905–1956) spend most of the second half of the 1930s in Europe. In may 1937 she was in Zürich, Switzerland. where she visited the Swiss Collegians, a big band. The following is a page of the Collegian’s “studio book” , with wishes from Valaida. I will add more about the Collegians some time. But now I am going on a short holiday.
Click here to listen to Valaida singing and playing “I Got Rhythm” recorded in London on July 9, 1937. She’s accompanied by Johnny Claes (tp); Derek Neville (as/bars); Reggie Dare (ts); Gun Finlay (p); Norman Brown (g) Louis Barreiro (b) and Ken Stewart (dr). The record was released as british Parlophone F-1048.