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Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders
Feat. Lionel Hampton
Recorded in Culver City, California on April 29th 1929 featuring George Orendorff and Earl Thompson trumpets, Lawrence Brown trombone, Paul Howard clarinet, tenor sax, & leader, Charlie Lawrence alto sax & arranger, Lloyd Reese clarinet & alto sax, Harvey Brooks piano, Thomas Valentine banjo, Skip Jackson tuba, and Lionel Hampton drums & vocal refrain.
*"Stuff" - (Stomp) was composed by Harvey O. Brooks.
Around 1928 Lionel Hampton left Chicago bound for California and once there had little trouble finding employment as a jazz percussionist. His first job was with the "Dixieland Blues-Blowers" until he accepted a more lucrative offer from reed-man Paul Howard and his "Quality Serenaders" band. In was with this group that Lionel Hampton would make his debut on record and (for the most part) officially launch his professional music career.
In 1930 Lionel Hampton left Paul Howard to join Les Hite's band at the request of Louis Armstrong. Armstrong wanted him specifically for his skill as a vibraphonist and would be performing with the group himself during an up-coming trip to the West Coast. Following the Armstrong stint Hampton remained with the "Les Hite Band" in Culver City, California for a period performing at Sebastian's Cotton Club. -Matt Chauvin
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