Elmer Snowden

Elmer Chester Snowden (October 9, 1900 – May 14, 1973) was a banjo player of the jazz age. He also played guitar and, in the early stages of his career, all the reed instruments. He contributed greatly to jazz in its early days as both a player and a bandleader, and is responsible for launching the careers of many top musicians. He has been largely overlooked in jazz history.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 9th, 1900 (Baltimore), Died May 14th, 1973 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: banjo, alto saxophone, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140855 10-in. 8/20/1925 Corn bread wiggle Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140856 10-in. 8/20/1925 Cocoanut strut Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140857 10-in. 8/19/1925 Nobody's blues but mine Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140858 10-in. 8/19/1925 I ain't got nobody Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140951 10-in. 9/17/1925 I'm a back bitin' mama Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140952 10-in. 9/17/1925 Dallas blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140964 10-in. 9/18/1925 South Street blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W140965 10-in. 9/18/1925 Never drive a beggar from your door Maggie Jones and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W141037 10-in. 9/23/1925 Grand opera blues Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W141038 10-in. 9/23/1925 Pig Alley stomp Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W141056 10-in. 9/29/1925 Single woman's blues Maggie Jones Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W141057 10-in. 9/29/1925 Never tell a woman friend Maggie Jones Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Columbia W141142 10-in. 10/16/1925 Uncle Remus stomp Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W141143 10-in. 10/16/1925 Montmartre giggles Three Monkey Chasers Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W144215 10-in. 5/24/1927 Lindbergh hop Te Roy Williams Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W146556 10-in. 6/19/1928 Nameless blues Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
Columbia W146557 10-in. 6/19/1928 Ridiculous blues Bob Fuller Clarinet solo, with banjo and piano instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W400777 10-in. 6/11/1928 Lame duck blues Three Blues Chasers Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh W400778 10-in. 6/11/1928 Nothin' but blues Three Blues Chasers Jazz/dance trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E1540-E1542 10-in. 10/29/1925 House party stomp Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E1543-E1545 10-in. 10/29/1925 Grand opera blues Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E2108-E2110 10-in. 1/12/1926 Chicago back step Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E2111-E2113 10-in. 1/13/1926 F minor blues Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E2435-E2436 10-in. 2/15/1926 Pig Alley stomp Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
Vocalion E2437-E2438 10-in. 2/15/1926 Ridiculous blues Three Jolly Miners Instrumental trio instrumentalist, banjo  
(Results 1-25 of 36 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Snowden, Elmer," accessed August 8, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107244.

Snowden, Elmer. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 8, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107244.

"Snowden, Elmer." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 8 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107244

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