Lot of two. Original document SIGNED by tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb, a single page typewritten letter of agreement between the artist and Columbia records, dated July 25, 1950, on the printed business stationary of Cobb's management, Universal Attractions of New York, advising Columbia that Universal is to be paid 10% of his gross earnings. This marked the beginning of a very successful six year relationship with Columbia during which Arnett had a number of hit records, including "Jumping the Blues" and "Smooth Sailing". An additional original document SIGNED by tenor saxophonist, Illinois Jacquet, single page typewritten letter of agreement between Columbia Records and the artist, dated April 6 1964, advising that Jacquet's recording royalties be sent to an address in NYC. This pertains to an eponymously named album, recorded by Illinois in 1962 for the Columbia imprint Epic/Legacy, which was later to record many of the successful rock and r&b musicians of the 60's and 70's.
Arnett Cobb (1918-1989) and Illinois Jacquet (1919 -2004) were founding fathers of the renowned Texas Tenor school of saxophonists, a hard-swinging, aggressive and exciting, big-toned, blues-drenched style of playing which presaged the honking bar walking swagger of rhythm and blues and early rock n' roll. Their long careers were closely connected from their earliest years in Houston, as members of the successful Texas territorial band led by Milt Larkin in the 1930's to their concert tours of the US and Europe in the 70's and 80's with fellow Texas tenor great, Buddy Tate. They both came to fame in Lionel Hampton's band where Cobb replaced Jacquet in 1942, inheriting Illinois famous solo on Flying Home and making it his own on Flying Home No. 2, which was also a big hit for the Hampton band. Jacquet spent many successful years on the Norman Granz JATP concert tour circuit and recorded some memorable small group recordings for Granz labels, Clef and Verve. His long and illustrious career as a soloist, big band leader and educator came to an end with his death in July 2004, less than a week after playing an engagement at Lincoln Center in NYC. Cobb had a difficult life, but was indefatigable in the face of chronic ill health and a near fatal car accident which left him unable to walk without crutches after 1956. Against doctors advice, he returned to a grueling tour schedule , eventually relocating to his native Houston, where he became a club manager, booking agent and talent scout while continuing to record prolifically with major r&b, soul and jazz performers and touring with his own band Texas Jazz & Blues, featuring singer Jewel Brown, until his death in March 1989.
Original Typed Letters SIGNED by Arnett Cobb and Illinois Jacquet, 8.5" by 11", on recto only, expected binder hole punch holes to top edges, mailing creases and pencil notation to the Jacquet, small chip and light creasing to top left of the Cobb, else about near fine, signatures in ink are fine without loss or fading.
Uncommon jazz collectibles, signed by two of the great Texas jazz men. J1520