V. Snow and Ali Baba Trio
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https://youtu.be/UfqZAv3slNM
Can find no other recorfings of V. SNOW withbthis line up... Unusual to see two left handers in band too... Miming???
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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(26-10-2019, 06:32 PM)losthobos Wrote: https://youtu.be/UfqZAv3slNM
Can find no other recorfings of V. SNOW withbthis line up... Unusual to see two left handers in band too... Miming???
Everyone in that band is playing "leftie"... I am pretty sure the film was "flipped" for whatever reason (ever see a left handed trumpet?).  Smile
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#3
Thanks for some good music, a new-to-me musician and some 'new' technology:
The leftiness is explained in the comments - a print for a 'Soundies Juke Box.'
See here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundies
Richard
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(26-10-2019, 08:02 PM)dunlustin Wrote: Thanks for some good music, a new-to-me musician and some 'new' technology:
The leftiness is explained in the comments - a print for a 'Soundies Juke Box.'
See here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundies

Terry,

As we would say in the west of Scotland, "Ra hale baun' luks corrie jukit" (The whole band appears to be left handed). 

Nothing "left" to say apart from thanks for sharing the clip.

Great music from a great era.
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#5
Here’s Ms Snow and ensemble again, this time miraculously right handed! Big Grin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8oWpBOa8vM

And more on Ms Snow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6e7ye-fiJA

Some more of Ms Snow and tha Ali Baba Trio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btbAUV2raE
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#6
Thanks Dingo... I had seen these clips before, shes great and i really like this trio set up... I havecsome vinyl of her bigger band but haven't managed to find anything by this trio.. Pity.. Would like in my carvwhen at work
Prrhaps they'd loaded the film back to front in the Patience and Fortitude clip hence they all appeated as lefties...
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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#7
I'm a bit surprised nobody has any interest in the Soundies jukebox and its mirrored projection - another snippet from the past I hadn't heard about.
As a by-product I learnt that 'break dancing' was around in the 30s - so thanks for that too.
Richard
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#8
Interesting, I had never heard of it.
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#9
Copied from AllMusic:
If fate had not seemingly conspired against her, Valaida Snow might well be counted among the greatest entertainers of the early 20th century; instead, she remains little known outside of an avid cult following. A gifted blues vocalist and multi-instrumentalist also noted for her skills as an arranger, Snow was born on June 2, 1903, in Chattanooga, TN (although other sources have stated otherwise). She was the product of a musical family; her mother, a music teacher, taught Valaida and her sisters Lavaida and Alvaida to play a wide variety of instruments, among them cello, bass, mandolin, violin, clarinet, saxophone, and accordion. The girls also sang and danced, but when Valaida turned professional at the age of 15 she began focusing on vocals and trumpet, and by 1924 she was already a featured performer in the Noble Sissle/Eubie Blake musical In Bamville (aka The Chocolate Dandies).

By the age of 22, Snow was headlining Barron Wilkins' Harlem cabaret show, and throughout the remaining years of the 1920s she toured relentlessly, appearing throughout the U.S. in conjunction with the Will Mastin Trio and performing in London and Paris in the musical Blackbirds. In 1926 she toured the Far East, and in 1928 headlined Chicago's Sunset Cafe, where her energetic performances won the admiration of Louis Armstrong as well as Earl Hines, who soon became her lover. By the early '30s, Snow was starring in the Sissle/Blake revue Rhapsody in Black, and its success helped bring her to Hollywood, where alongside then-husband Ananais Berry she appeared in a number of films. By all rights Snow should have been a major superstar, but as a black performer she was subject to considerable racism; worse still, as a woman, she was an outsider even within the jazz community -- her perfect pitch, gifts for arranging, and brilliant trumpeting did not help her cause, but only made her that much more of a curiosity.

After headlining the Apollo Theater, Snow traveled back to Europe for more film work and live dates during the late '30s; however, in 1941, while in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, she was captured by German forces and interned in a concentration camp in Wester-Faengle. She was freed as an exchange prisoner 18 months later and allowed to return to New York; tragically, Snow never fully recovered from the ordeal -- scarred psychologically as well as physically, she attempted to return to performing, but the spark was clearly gone, so much so that when Hines saw her appear live in 1943 he reportedly did not even recognize her. Following her marriage to manager Earle Edwards, she continued to work in spite of her personal suffering, but after playing the Palace Theater in New York on May 30, 1956, she died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. Valaida Snow was 52 years old.
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#10
Thanks Eddy... Didn't want to hear that story, im far too romantic and imagine the past a better place... My dreams may be shattered but at least my admiration for Ms Snow has increased... Thankful for the soft life these times have allowed my presence...
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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