Another entry from David W. Niven's treasure trove. This one is a live recording from 1970 at the Roosevelt Grill with Bobby Hackett Quintet featuring Victor "Vic" Dickenson.
The Roosevelt Grill located inside The Roosevelt Hotel was opened in 1924 and became synonymous with Guy Lombardo whose orchestra performed there for nearly three decades, starting from 1929. One year before the place was used as a location for the copper movie French Connection, Whitney Balliett caught up with Hackett and Vic there, right after spending an hour at the Downbeat cafe, listening to Sy Oliver band doing a replica of the Jimmy Lunceford orchestra:
"Late in the evening, my head full of cute muted trumpets and toy-soldier rhythms [of Sy Oliver band], I went over to the Roosevelt Grill for the final moments of Bobby Hackett's quintet, which will soon be dissolved when Dickenson replaces Kai Winding in the World's Greatest Jazz Band and the rare Benny Morton replaces Dickenson in Hackett's group. Hackett and Dickenson together are Jack Sprats of jazz. Hackett is cool, golden and mathematical, and Dickenson is hot, shaggy, and funny, and between them they encompass most of what is worth knowing about jazz."