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Valaida Snow with Derek Neville’s band

Posted in clips, jazz, Valaida Snow with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2011 by crownpropeller

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?


The real Valaida Snow

Posted in documents, Valaida Snow with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by crownpropeller

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

Not Valaida Snow!

Posted in documents, Valaida Snow with tags , , , , on November 13, 2010 by crownpropeller

If you are looking for photos of trumpeter/singer Valaida Snow on the internet, you will find the above photo on several websites. It is indeed a beautiful photograph – but it does not show Valaida Snow. In fact this is Lorraine Glover, wife of famous hardbop trumpet player Donald Byrd. And it was shot by William Claxton in 1960. There are several books of Claxton’s work in which this photo is featured (usually just credited “Mrs. Donald Byrd”). The websites on which this photo is credited as showing Valaida snow can’t either be reached or ignore my postings about this, so maybe this helps.

Valaida Snow in Switzerland

Posted in documents, Valaida Snow with tags , , , on October 15, 2010 by crownpropeller

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.