Description: This 1944 menu for the Hotel Lincoln Blue Room in New York City is signed by seventeen jazz musicians, including Count Basie and Lester Young. Eight people have signed the front: Count Basie (piano), Thelma Carpenter (vocalist), James Rushing (vocalist), Joe Jones (drums), Rudy Rutherford (saxophone), Al Killian (trumpet), Buddy Tate (tenor saxophone), and Eli Robinson (trombone). The back is signed by: Jimmy Powell (alto saxophone), Ted Donnelly (trombone), Louis Taylor (trombone), Freddie Green (guitar), Harry Edison (trumpet), Ed Lewis (trumpet), Rodney Richardson (bass), Lester Young (tenor saxophone), and Earle Warren (alto saxophone and vocalist).
The menu for the evening of April 11, 1944 included such selections as: roast Long Island duckling with apple sauce, braised calf’s sweetbread with green olives, and boiled ox-tongue in a cider sauce. The menu’s cover is decorated with little scenes of Abraham Lincoln’s life, as drawn by Will Hammell.
The Hotel Lincoln opened its doors in 1928 and was known by that name until 1957. It went through a series of owners and is now known as Row NYC Hotel.
William James "Count" Basie (1904-1984) was one of America's most prominent Jazz pianists and bandleaders in the middle years of the twentieth century. Basie and his orchestra frequently played the Blue Room at the Hotel Lincoln between 1943 and 1944.
Lester Young (1909-1959) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist who became famous while a member of Count Basie’s orchestra. He played with a relaxed, cool tone and invented and popularized much of the hipster jargon that came to be associated with jazz.
12” x 9”. All signatures are in graphite. Item #A01125.
Condition: Edges of menu are stained and lightly curling, bumping at corners, overall good condition.