Restoring Edward ‘Snoozer’ Quinn to the Jazz Guitar Pantheon

Snoozer Quinn: Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Pioneer By Katy Hobgood Ray and Dan Sumner Out of the Past Music LLC, 2021 Anyone who ever heard Snoozer Quinn play guitar said that he was the best they ever heard, including some of the top names in Jazz. Katy Hobgood Ray has vividly portrayed and thoroughly documented this obscure musician -- her great-great uncle -- for the first time in print. Edward MacIntosh “Snoozer” Quinn (1907-1949) came within a whisker of disappearing from music history altogether, no more than a silent legend. However, a recording made shortly before his passing has left us a tiny fragment, a mere glimpse of his fading brilliance. A Slim and Significant Volume This thoroughly researched new title is proof that the legend of Snoozer Quinn is true. It’s the culmination of a more than a decade of focused effort. Every known image of Snoozer is reproduced including two color photographs with Louis Armstrong. It’s a beautiful tribute printed on very high-quality glossy paper in an 8 & ½-inch by 11-inch format. This may be too slim a volume to call an authorized biography at only 103 pages. But this is probably as close as we’ll ever get. Though Hobgood Ray’s excellent narrative section is only thirteen pages, the deeply researched book is built out with other components: music transcriptions, a bibliography, interviews of his friends, end notes
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