Lionel Hampton at Strand Theatre 1948
UPDATE (August 19, 2012): The handwriting on the Srand Theatre photograph is not by Otto Flückiger, but by Milt Buckner (see comments section).
When I was down at the archives last week looking for documents in relation to Don Redman’s 1946 tour, I accidentally found a batch of gorgeous photos of Lionel Hampton’s band in 1948 and 1949 at New York’s Strand Theatre as well as from the Howard Theatre Washington 1948.
The photograph above was taken at the Strand Theatre in N.Y.C, between January 23 and February 1948. Unfortunately the photographer is not known (to me at least). On the edge of the photo Milt Buckner himself noted down the names of the musicians to be seen. I photoshopped the edge just enough to make his handwriting (very pale pencil) readable again. Too make identification easier, I have cut up the photo into several parts below.
1. The Rhythm Section:
Milt Buckner (p), Charles Mingus (b), Billy Mackel (g), Charlie Harris (b),
Johnny Sparrow (ts), Lionel Hampton, Earl “Fox” Walker (dr).
2. The Trumpets:
3. The Reeds:
Morris Lane (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bar), Bobby Plater (as), Ben Kynard (as)
4. The Rest:
And here’s some music by (nearly) the same band a few months later. Coming from a broadcast made in Peoria, Illinois, August 4, 1948, here’s Lionel Hampton and his orchestra playing Body And Soul as arranged by Charles Mingus – with a solo by Mingus.