All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Valaida Snow

Valaida Snow Valaida Snow

The tale of Valaida Snow is dramatic, a beautiful gifted entertainer, singer, dancer, arranger, and jazz trumpeter who succeeded against all odds. Valaida’s exceptional talent, determination and charm brought her international fame. Her talents nearly unlimited, a savvy business woman who spoke seven languages, she blew hot jazz trumpet in the style of Louis Armstrong. Billed as “Queen of the Trumpet” she appeared in some of the top theatrical productions of her day. The toast of Paris and London in the early 1930s she wrote and recorded her theme song, “High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm.” Valaida Snow’s life is an inspiring tale of determination and spirit

Valaida Snow was born into a family of musicians: Her mother taught Valaida, her sisters Alvaida and Hattie, and her brother, Arthur Bush, how to play multiple instruments. Valaida and all her siblings became professional musicians. Valaida was taught by her mother to play cello, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, harp, accordion, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet. It was natural for Valaida to be an entertainer: at the young age of fifteen, she was already a recognized professional singer and trumpet player. While Valaida Snow's beauty attracted audiences, it was her incredible talent as a jazz trumpeter which truly captivated them. She obtained the nickname, “Little Louis” due to her Louis Armstrong-like playing style. Pianist Mary Lou Williams wrote about her: “She was hitting those high C's just like Louis. She would have been a great trumpet player if she had dropped the singing and dancing, and concentrated on the trumpet”.

Read more

Tags

Photos

Albums

Watch

Similar

Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra
voice / vocals
Dinah Washington Dinah Washington
voice / vocals
June Christy June Christy
voice / vocals
Ethel Waters Ethel Waters
voice / vocals
Alberta Hunter Alberta Hunter
voice / vocals
Ma Rainey Ma Rainey
voice / vocals
Karrin Allyson Karrin Allyson
voice / vocals
Helen Merrill Helen Merrill
voice / vocals
Maxine Sullivan Maxine Sullivan
voice / vocals
Lee Wiley Lee Wiley
voice / vocals
Ivie Anderson Ivie Anderson
voice / vocals
Ida Cox Ida Cox
voice / vocals
Ella Mae Morse Ella Mae Morse
voice / vocals
Mildred Bailey Mildred Bailey
voice / vocals
Helen Forrest Helen Forrest
voice / vocals

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.