Monday, April 11, 2016

Lionel Hampton Big Band in Nice, 1978

Lionel Hampton [photo source: MTV]
For years I've regretted losing my VHS tape of the complete Lionel Hampton birthday party concert at North Sea Jazz Festival in Hague, a big band event of highest caliber which introduced me to some the best instrumentalists in jazz, people such as Pepper Adams, Arnett Cobb (playing with crutches under his arms), and Harry Sweets Edison.

Now, thanks to Hoffmannjazz YouTube channel, I am able to see a filmed footage of the orchestra in Nice, France, playing M Squad Theme a week before they took the North Sea stage.

This is an absolutely stellar line-up with solos given to Ray Bryant, Joe Newman (A few choruses are off-mike), Kai Winding, Charles MacPherson, Pepper Adams, Cobb, Cat Anderson, and Billy Mackel.

Credits compiled by Hoffmannjazz:

78/7/7, 9-11p.m., Arena stage, Nice, La grande parade du jazz, 94min.from TV-7.7.78 176min., J.Chr..Averty (dir) Lionel Hampton (vib,d,p,,v) & his Big Band - Jimmy Maxwell, Joe Newman, Cat Anderson, Doc Cheatham (t) John Gordon, Benny Powell, Kai Winding (tb) Arnett Cobb (ts) Paul Moen (sax) Earle Warren (as) Charles Mac Pherson (as) Pepper Adams (bars) Ray Bryant (p) Billy Mackel (g) Chubby Chackson (b) Panama Francis (d) George Wein (m.c.)

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