Snub Mosley is perhaps best known for having invented the "slide saxophone," a horn that had both a saxophone mouthpiece and a slide; his 1940 recording "The Man with the Funny Little Horn" shows off his odd axe a bit. Mostly, however, Mosley made his living as a trombonist. He started playing in high school and then was a key soloist with Alphonso Trent's highly rated but infrequently documented territory band from 1926-33. After leaving Trent (with whom he recorded), Mosley worked with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra (1934), Claude Hopkins (1934-35), Fats Waller, the Luis Russell Orchestra under Louis Armstrong's direction (1936-37) and his own relatively low-profile groups. Mosley mostly played in the New York area (including a regular gig at Frolic from 1955-61) into the late 1970s. As a leader, Mosley cut a dozen titles with a sextet for Decca from 1940-42, four songs for Sonora in 1946, six numbers for Penguin in 1949, two songs for Columbia in 1959 and a full album for the British Pizza label as late as 1978. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

Snub Mosley "Snub's Boogie" 1946 Boogie Woogie Jump Blues 78 RPM Record
SQUASH HEAD by Snub Mosley
Snub Mosley and Orchestra - "You and the Devil" (Sonora 500-B)
Snub Mosley And His Orchestra Herman's Boogie 78
HERMAN'S BOOGIE by Snub Mosley on Sonora label 78 rpm
Eventide Louis Armstrong
Alphonso Trent and His Orchestra – Clementine – 1933
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