Twenty Separate "Statement of Living Expense" Tax Forms for members of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Circa 1945.
Offered here is a once in a lifetime acquisition for the serious collector of Lionel Hampton.
These "statement of living expense" tax forms were submitted by members of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra to the Essex Amusement Corporation of Newark, New Jersey. Essex Amusement was the owner of the famous Adams Theatre in Newark.
The condition of the forms range from very good to excellent.
Members whose "statement of living expense" forms are included in this lot are:
Johnny Griffin (tenor sax)
Herbie Fields (sax, clarinet)
Arnett Cobb (tenor sax)
Milt Buckner (piano, organ, vibes)
George Jenkins (drums)
Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax)
Billy Mackel (guitar)
Alvin Hayes (trombone)
Charlie Harris (bass)
Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet)
Lamar Wright (trumpet)
Joe Morris (trumpet)
Wendell Culley (trumpet)
Jimmy Wormick (trombone)
Ted Sinclair (bass)
David Page (trumpet)
Booty Wood (trumpet)
Gus Evans, Jr. (alto sax)
Andrew Penn (trombone)
Madeline Greene (vocals)
Below find additional information of each piece included:
Johnny Griffin (b. 1928). Mr. Griffin has signed his full name, John Arnold Griffin. From the All Music Guide: Once accurately billed as "the world's fastest saxophonist," Johnny Griffin (an influence tone-wise on Rahsaan Roland Kirk) has been one of the top bop-oriented tenors since the mid-'50s. He gained early experience playing with the bands of Lionel Hampton (1945-47) and Joe Morris (1947-50), and also jammed regularly with Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. After serving in the Army (1951-1953), Griffin spent a few years in Chicago (recording his first full album for Argo) and then moved to New York in 1956. He held his own against fellow tenors John Coltrane and Hank Mobley on a classic Blue Note album, was with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1957, and proved to be perfect with the Thelonious Monk quartet in 1958, where he really ripped through the complex chord changes with ease. During 1960-1962, Griffin co-led a "tough tenor" group with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis.
Herbie Fields (1919-1958). Mr. Fields has signed his name Herbert Fields. From the All Music Guide: Fine swing era player who wasn't able to fully switch over to bop. Fields attended Juilliard from 1936 to 1938, then played with Raymond Scott, Leonard Ware and Hot Lips Page. He led a band at Fort Dix while in the army during the early '40s. Fields joined Lionel Hampton's band after his discharge, working with him until 1945 and recording at Carnegie Hall
Arnett Cobb (1918-1989). From the All Music Guide: A stomping Texas tenor player in the tradition of Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb's accessible playing was between swing and early rhythm & blues. After playing in Texas with Chester Boone (1934-1936) and Milt Larkin (1936-1942), Cobb emerged in the big leagues by succeeding Illinois Jacquet with Lionel Hampton's Orchestra (1942-1947). His version of "Flying Home No. 2" became a hit, and he was a very popular soloist with Hampton. After leaving the band, Cobb formed his own group, but his initial success was interrupted in 1948, when he had to undergo an operation on his spine. After recovering, he resumed touring. But a major car accident in 1956 crushed Cobb's legs and he was reduced to using crutches for the rest of his life.
Milt Buckner (1915-1977). Mr. Buckner has signed his name Milton Buckner. From the All Music Guide: Milt Buckner had a dual career. As a pianist, he largely invented the "locked hands" style (parallel chords) that was adopted by many other players including George Shearing and Oscar Peterson. And as an organist, he was one of the top pre-Jimmy Smith stylists, helping to popularize the instrument. The younger brother of altoist Ted Buckner (who played with Jimmie Lunceford), Milt Buckner grew up in Detroit and gigged locally, in addition to arranging for McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1934. He came to fame as pianist and arranger with Lionel Hampton (1941-1948, 1950-1952, and occasionally in later years) where he was a crowd pleaser.
George Jenkins (1911-1967). From the All Music Guide: A bandleader in his own right and the creator of two albums under his own name in the '50s, jazz drummer George Jenkins was also known for his loyal service to jazz stars such as Lionel Hampton, Erroll Garner, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter. It was the energetically rhythm-fueled Hampton who gave Jenkins his first breaks in the early '40s, bringing the drummer back into his groups in the latter-half of that decade, as well. In between, Jenkins held forth with Lucky Millinder, and spent several years with Buddy Johnson's swing group.
Charlie Fowlkes (1916-1980). Mr. Fowlkes has signed his name Charles Fowlkes. From the All Music Guide: Charlie Fowlkes' relationship with Count Basie sets records for lengthy sideman stints, lasting more than 25 years. The number of Basie sides that this baritone saxophonist appears on also tends to win contests in competitive recording stacking, not that this is an activity to be encouraged. Yet by the time Fowlkes joined up with Basie in 1953 he was in his late '30s and had already spent time working with several other noted bandleaders.In these instances Fowlkes also showed a sense of loyalty, although not to the extent he would with Basie. But in the New York jazz scene of that era, there were many other sidemen who moved around between bands as if a surfer looking for a wave. In contrast Fowlkes blasted away in the Lionel Hampton reed section for four years and spent nearly six years in a combo led by Tiny Bradshaw.
Billy Mackel Mr. Mackel has signed his name J. Wm. Mackel. Billy Mackel was a long time guitarist for the Lionel Hampton band, but also played with artists such as Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Wynonie Harris and Arnett Cobb.
Charlie Harris Mr. Harris has signed his name Charles Harris. From the All Music Guide: Charlie Harris is the sort of name that sounds vaguely familiar, but probably only a small part of the vast audience who have listened to the jazz bassist would be able to identify him by name. Nonetheless, a case could be made that Harris is one of the most listened-to bassists from his particular genre background. He was best known as one third of the Nat King Cole Trio, present on such '50s hits as "Mona Lisa," "Unforgettable," and "Ramblin' Rose." Harris had paid his dues in the previous decade with Lionel Hampton & His Big Band, truly one of the most challenging of assignments for any rhythm section player. In 1941 he joined up with Hampton, who was carrying at least two bassists at this point. The other was Charles Mingus, who became one of Harris' closest friends. Harris also recorded with bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in the '40s.
Alvin Hayes The great trombonist has signed his name Alvin C. Hayes.
Jimmy Nottingham (1925-1978). Mr. Nottingham has signed his name James C. Nottingham, Jr. From the All Music Guide: An underrated soloist, Jimmy Nottingham was such a valuable big band and studio musician that he spent most of his life playing anonymously in the background and had few chances to solo. He first worked professionally in 1943 with Cecil Payne. While in the military (1944-45), Nottingham was lucky enough to play regularly with Willie Smith's Navy band. He was Lionel Hampton's high-note trumpeter from 1945-47 and worked with the big bands of Charlie Barnet, Lucky Millinder, Count Basie (as lead trumpeter from 1948-50) and Herbie Fields.
Lamar Wright (1907-1973). Lamar Wright was a prolific section trumpeter who played in the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Cozy Cole, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Bennie Moten, Jonah Jones, Wynonie Harris, Count Basie and many others.
Joe Morris (1922-1958). Mr. Morris has signed his name Joseph Morris. A brilliant trumpet player who died young, Joe Morris's is one of the more difficult jazz signatures to come by.
Wendell Culley (1910-1974). From the All Music Guide: This trumpeter appeared on close to 200 records between 1932 and 1959, but one song title in particular is brought up when jazz buffs are trying to make a point. That little number is "Li'l Darlin'", a melodically simple ballad in which Culley is allowed to linger over an especially sweet improvised passage utilizing his mute. The Culley solo is regarded as something of a testament. Perhaps the trumpeter's ease with all tempos was developed early on through his relationship with his brother Ray Culley, a drummer. Both were members of various local bands in Worcester, Massachusetts in the second half of the '20s. In the following decade Wendell Culley moved to New York, performing alongside Bill Brown, Horace Henderson and Cab Calloway before establishing the first of his long collaborations, an 11-year stretch with the orchestra of Noble Sissle. The trumpeter then joined up with the raving Lionel Hampton for five years, leaving in 1949.
Jimmy Wormick Mr. Wormick has signed his name Jas. Wormick. Jimmy Wormick was a section trombonist who also played with Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Gene Krupa, Sonny Parker, Little Jimmy Scott and others.
Ted Sinclair. Bassist Ted Sinclair has signed his name Theodore Sinclair (I can't make out the middle name!)
David Page (Trumpet)
Booty Wood (1919-1987). Mr. Wood has signed his real name, Michael Wood. From the All Music Guide: Another of the musicians who excelled on mutes in the Ellington band, Booty Wood provided humorous, effective and exuberant trombone solos with the plunger, and several solid unmuted ones. He began his professional career in the late '30s and worked with Tiny Bradshaw and Lionel Hampton in the early '40s. Wood played in a navy band with Clark Terry, Willie Smith and Gerald Wilson, then reteamed with Hampton after his discharge. He joined Arnett Cobb's small band in 1947 and 1948, played with Erskine Hawkins from 1948 to 1950, and with Count Basie in 1951. Wood left music for a while before joining Ellington in 1959 and working with him until 1960.
Gus Evans Mr. Evans has signed his full name, Gus Wesley Evans, Jr. Gus Evans also played with Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Earl Bostic and others.
Andrew Penn Mr. Penn has signed his name Andrew G. Penn. Andrew Penn also played with Erskine Hawkins, Tiny Bradshaw, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and others.
Madeline Greene Madeline Greene also sang with Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine.