Mosley, Snub [Mosely, Lawrence Leo ]
- Barry Kernfeld
[Mosely, Lawrence Leo ]
(b Little Rock, AR, Dec 29, 1905; d New York, July 21, 1981). American trombonist, slide saxophonist, singer, leader, and composer. He learned to play trombone in high-school bands. From 1926 to 1933 he was a principal soloist with Alphonso Trent’s orchestra, in which he also sang. During this period his preference for playing short, rapid phrases in the trombone’s high register led to his developing a slide saxophone (see Saxophone, §6, (viii)); this instrument had a saxophone mouthpiece and a small slide for altering pitch, and its sound resembled that of a soprano saxophone. Mosley was a founding member of the Jeter–Pillars Orchestra (1934). After playing with Claude Hopkins (1934–5, with whom he appeared in the short film By Request, 1935) and in the Luis Russell Orchestra, which was accompanying Louis Armstrong (1936–7), he worked briefly with Fletcher Henderson (mid-...