The biography of Valaida Snow , singer and trumpeter , written by Pascal Rannou , illustrated by Emmanuel Reuzé , accompanied by 2 compact discs.
Valaida Snow (1904-1956) is one of the most fascinating figures in the history of jazz . A singer and dancer , she was also one of the first female trumpeters . His scandalous life hit the headlines. Famous to the point of playing as far as China , she played with Earl Hines , Django , Basie , discovered Bud Powell and competed in eccentricities with her friend Josephine Baker . Arrested for theft in Denmark in 1941, she passed this detention off as a stay in a concentration camp! This revived his career, until the deception was exposed. She then got by singing rhythm and blues . A confabulator, Valaida took pleasure in giving an ideal image of herself which did not correspond with an often painful reality. Her eventful life inspired the novels of Candace Allen (Valaida) and Pascal Rannou (Noire, la neige). But we must also appreciate her for what she was: one of the most original artists of the 20th century.
This box set covers his entire discography , and shows the multiple facets of his talent.