Daniella Thompson wrote an excellent article about the Brazilian bandleader and sax player Romeu Silva. I love to introduce you to that article. Daniella Thompson is the editor of the online Magazine of Brazilian Music & Culture ( click on the title bar). She also has an informative site about Brazilian music: Musica Brasiliensis
Romeu Silva travelled to Europe around 1926 (thanks Daniella for this addition) and became the director of the 16 Baker Boys, the band of Josephine Baker in Paris. Ean Wood writes about that in his biography The Josephine Baker Story: In the autumn of 1931, Paris Qui Remue closed. As Mistinguett was to be the star of the Casino's next revue, Josephine employed herself by setting off on tour with a band of jazz musicians. She named them The 16 Baker Boys.
Their leader was tenor saxophonist Romeo (sic) Silva, and among them were trumpeter Léon Jacobs, who has been her bandleader at Chez Josephine, alto saxophonist Joe Hayman, who had come with her to Paris as part of the Claude Hopkins band for La Revue Negre, and the Argentinian guitarist and composer Oscar Aleman.
About Oscar Aleman Ean Wood says: Aleman was one of the most talented musicians with whom ahe would ever work. He had only arrived in Paris in that year ( 1931) and would stay until the advent of war in 1939, becoming as highly regarded in the French world of le Jazz Hot, as the Belgian gypsy Django Reinhardt. Indeed, the two became good friends. (Source: The Josephine Baker Story - Ean Wood ( 2000) p. 175)
I found an image of a 1931-1932 revue with the cast, and it wouldn't surprise me that the tenor player on Josephine's left side is Romeu Silva, in front as leader of the 15 Baker Boys.
I hope Daniella can confirm that to me !!
Daniella's information is to found in the comment of this blog. Thanks Daniella.
You can find the article at this site .
You can find some information about the Jean, Jac et Jo Trio, that was part of the Josephine Baker revue at the same time as Aleman and Silva were in the Baker Boys at this site
When you click on the title bar you can visit Daniella's excellent web blog about Brazilian culture.
This blog was re-posted, with another image at my Keep swinging blogThank you Daniella for your additions.