Description: This menu for the Madhattan Room in the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City is boldly signed in graphite by famed American jazz musicians Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa. They have inscribed: “Best wishes to Nanette Gene Krupa Benny Goodman”. The rather extensive menu for April 29, 1937 catered to all manner of guests; classic dishes of steak or lobster were on offer, as well as smoked beef tongue and sweetbread for the more adventurous diners.
Goodman (1909-1986), often referred to as the "King of Swing", was a clarinet player and band leader who helped start the careers of numerous jazz musicians. He also led one of the first integrated jazz groups during an era of racial segregation. Goodman received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the year he died.
Eugene Krupa (1909-1973) was a drummer, band leader, actor, and composer who is remembered for his energetic showmanship. His solo on “Sing, Sing, Sing” brought considerable attention to a drummer’s role as a solo voice in a band.
12 ¼” x 9 1/8”. Item #A01127.
Condition: Edges of menu are lightly stained, bumped at corners, overall very good condition with large, bold signatures.