Snub Mosley

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Snub Mosley.
Photograph by William P. Gottlieb.

Lawrence Leo "Snub" Mosley (December 29, 1905 – July 21, 1981) was an American jazz trombonist.


Mosley was born on December 29, 1905, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He played trombone in high school and then joined Alphonse Trent's territory band, playing with him from 1926 to 1933. Following this he played with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra (1934), Claude Hopkins (1934–35), Fats Waller, and Louis Armstrong with the Luis Russell Orchestra (1936–37), in addition to playing with his own groups. After this Mosley settled in New York City.[1]

Mosley spent most of his career on trombone, but also invented an instrument called the slide saxophone, which had both the slide portion of a trombone and a saxophone mouthpiece. The instrument is prominently featured in his 1940 recording The Man with the Funny Little Horn.

He recorded for Decca in 1940–1942, Sonora in 1946, Penguin in 1949, Columbia in 1959, and Pizza in 1978.

He died on July 21, 1981 at his home at 555 Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Snub Mosley, 71, Jazz Trombonist With Fats Waller". New York Times. July 22, 1981. Retrieved 2018-08-27. Snub Mosley, a jazz trombonist who played with Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller and was featured on an instrument he invented - the slide saxophone - died Tuesday morning in his home at 555 Edgecombe Avenue. Mr. Mosley, who was 71 years old, suffered a stroke in January that was complicated by pneumonia. Mr. Mosley, whose given name was Lawrence Leo, was born in Little Rock, Ark., and studied in Cincinnati at the Cutaire School of Music.

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