I wonder if Vilaida is in the documentary “The Girls in the Band” released two years ago–it is about the women who performed in the all-female bands of the 1940’s and 50’s.
A virtuoso trumpeter / conductor who performed with the greatest male bands
This Lady Could Do It All!
In her memoir about the world of American show business doing the golden age of Hollywood, the famous actress Maureen O’Hara said the producers were always looking for performers who were “triple threats,” meaning they could sing, dance and act. However she forgot to mention the fact that the performer also had to be white. This is the only logical explanation as to why Valaida Snow was not the greatest star of the era, for she was a triple threat and more. None of the white stars of the Hollywood musical extravaganzas could match her talent.
In his book “The World of Earl Hines,” one of a series of books by the indefatigable British Jazz historian Stanley Dance, in which Jazz musicians tell us in their own words about their…
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