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Valaida

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SIGNED but otherwise looking new hardback with smart dust jacket.
Allen is a writer and film maker. This book, her first book, is a fictionalized biography about the African-American female jazz trumpeter Valaida Snow.

Valaida listened hard. After the melody's intro and Earl's left-hand-to-right-hand cascades of piano sound, her space opened, and Valaida jumped in. She blew. She entered the music, saw the chords, embellishes, the references to other songs as plain as day behind her eyeballs, and she used them. She jumped from bar to bar like a benzine-fueled billy goat. She didn't miss. She hit her peaks and whinnied in triumph. In the nebular light of the Terrace's mirror ball, she flew with the men who had backed Louis Armstrong at his best.' From a childhood in Chattanooga, to a debut at one of the swankiest clubs in Harlem in its heyday; from touring in the Jim Crow south, to showcasing in Shanghai and London in the 30s, the story of Valaida Snow is breathtaking. With a storyteller's ear and a blessed ability to transport her reader, Allen has written a sweeping tale of love, degradation, laughter and longing - with a trumpet accompaniment you swear you can hear.

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Author(s):
Allen, Candace
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
14.5 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1860499449
ISBN-13:
9781860499449
Number of pages:
512
Publisher:
Virago
Title:
Valaida

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SIGNED but otherwise looking new hardback with smart dust jacket.
Allen is a writer and film maker. This book, her first book, is a fictionalized biography about the African-American female jazz trumpeter Valaida Snow.

Valaida listened hard. After the melody's intro and Earl's left-hand-to-right-hand cascades of piano sound, her space opened, and Valaida jumped in. She blew. She entered the music, saw the chords, embellishes, the references to other songs as plain as day behind her eyeballs, and she used them. She jumped from bar to bar like a benzine-fueled billy goat. She didn't miss. She hit her peaks and whinnied in triumph. In the nebular light of the Terrace's mirror ball, she flew with the men who had backed Louis Armstrong at his best.' From a childhood in Chattanooga, to a debut at one of the swankiest clubs in Harlem in its heyday; from touring in the Jim Crow south, to showcasing in Shanghai and London in the 30s, the story of Valaida Snow is breathtaking. With a storyteller's ear and a blessed ability to transport her reader, Allen has written a sweeping tale of love, degradation, laughter and longing - with a trumpet accompaniment you swear you can hear.

Author(s):
Allen, Candace
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
14.5 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
Edition:
2004
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1860499449
ISBN-13:
9781860499449
Number of pages:
512
Publisher:
Virago
Title:
Valaida

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