Here is a killer reed section (click once on the image to enlarge). It's the sax section from Lionel Hampton's band at a theater in late November or early December 1945. I'm going to take a crack at musicians (of course, if there are differing opinions, please let me know or post a Comment):
From left, Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Ben Kynard (alto sax), Herbie Fields (clarinet), Arnett Cobb (tenor sax), Bobby Plater (alto sax) and Charlie Fowlkes (baritone sax).
I've pinpointed the month by checking Hampton's discography. Fields was with Hampton through the end of November 1945, when he won the Metronome Poll and left the band to freelance and start his own orchestra. I'm guessing Fields guested here just after Plater and Kynard came on, replacing Fields and Gus Evans.
This photo comes to me from Betty's fabulous collection of photos, sent along by her friend Chris. Betty has donated all of her prints, including this one, to Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies. But since she and Chris also are big JazzWax readers, they wanted you to see them, too.
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