Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
$225.00
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge

Original Recording Contract, 5 pp document on Columbia Records letterhead, dated July 21 1954 and SIGNED by the great vibraphonist and band leader Lionel Hampton at the bottom left of pp 5, in blue ink. A quite lengthy contract in which Hampton agreed to record 12 sides with his orchestra, commencing the following day, July 22, compositions to be designated by Columbia and issued as "Wailing At The Trianon Ballroom". The album was subsequently released as Columbia LP 711, made up of live performances recorded at Chicago's most opulent ballroom, built in 1922 by entrepreneur Andrew Karzas, at a cost of a million dollars with a dance floor that could accommodate 3,000 people. By the 50's the Trianon had fallen on hard times and in fact had briefly closed in 1954, reopening in July in an futile attempt to recapture past glories. It's more than ironic that the Trianon, which had adamantly maintained a whites-only policy for customers and performers alike for most of its existence, would finally turn to the great African Amercian bandleaders to turn its fortunes around (Horace Henderson and Count Basie also performed at the ballroom around the same time as Hamp's appearance). Too little, too late, the club closed its doors permanently shortly thereafter, and was used as a flea market and for sporadic non-music events before being demolished in 1961. Original Document Signed, 5 typewritten pages, recto only, 8" by 11", stapled at top left, original onion skin addenda and contract revision sheets stapled over pertinent clauses, top right of pp1 is slightly creased with pencilled annotation, touch of age toning to pages, verso of pp5 is slightly soiled, else near fine, with original signature fine in blue ink. Vintage jazz collectible, signed by a jazz luminary. J1567

Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge
Lionel Hampton Signed Original 1954 Columbia Records Recording Contract
Click to enlarge