Memories of a Lionel Hampton concert (1964)

From the late 1950s on – as soon as he could afford the equipment –  my friend Otto carried a camera when he went to a concert. Some of his early clips survive, most of them are silent though. One exception is the footage from a concert concert that Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra gave on July 24, 1964 at the Casino in the small french town of Divonne-les-Bains, 17 kilometers from Geneva on the other side of the swiss-french border.
On this occasion Otto filmed a part of the concert and had a tape machine running at the same time. Someone also took photos to which Otto had access – or maybe he made them himself. The clip I am presenting you here is a version that Otto himself edited sometime in the late 1980s. So fasten your seat belts and start the time machine full throttle. Be spiraled through the – sort of yellowish – mists of time and wake up in a little concert hall, where the Hampton band plays “Broadway”.  And look there: Cecil Payne gets some bars, and so does trumpeter Martin Banks!


3 Responses to “Memories of a Lionel Hampton concert (1964)”

  1. […] which I do not know the original source. The footage of Payne with Lionel Hampton in 1964 is from this clip, filmed by Otto himself, whereas the source for the 1979 footage is unidentified […]

  2. A great post, and the most enjoyable. It seems that there was more than three cameras. Who where operating the other two? Where they 8mm or 16?

    • Dear Ehsan

      I do not know what cameras were used there. And I do not know who operated the other camera(s), When the band is filmed from the front, you can see a man with a camera filming the band from behind.

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