Release Date: 2022
Publisher: Out Of The Past Music LLC
Softcover, 103 pages
Musical Transcriptions, biographical information, and photos covering fingerstyle jazz guitar pioneer Snoozer Quinn. First time in detail treatment of Quinn’s life and playing style. Includes transcriptions of eight of Quinn’s recorded performances. Also includes short interviews and discography.
Quinn was born Edward McIntosh Quinn in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana. At an early age he could play guitar, mandolin, and violin. In his early teens he performed in vaudeville. He graduated from high school in 1924.
He performed with the Paul English Traveling Shows and Peck’s Bad Boys led by Peck Kelley, in addition to Claude Blanchard, Mart Britt, the St. Louis Rhythm Kings, and the Louisiana Ramblers.
Quinn was hired by Paul Whiteman in New Orleans after Whiteman heard him playing backstage. He recorded with the Whiteman Orchestra, but he can hardly be heard. While playing for vocalist Bing Crosby in the 1930s, Quinn was given the nickname “Snoozer”. Although he did not record with Crosby, he recorded with vocalist Bee Palmer and country singer Jimmie Davis.
Back in New Orleans, Quinn contracted tuberculosis. In 1948, Johnny Wiggs brought a recording machine and a trumpet to the hospital and persuaded him to play. Quinn died six months later. Many years passed before his performances were released by Fat Cat Jazz on his only album, The Legendary Snoozer Quinn and reissued on 504 Records.