Willie the Lion Smith with George Hoefer

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Willie the Lion Smith with George Hoefer

These enterprises soon ran their course. Featheringill effectively announced that he had thrown in the towel on running a record label in October 1947, when Records Consolidated advertised rare originals from his 78 collection for sale in the By 1951, John Steiner's was disposing of remaindered Jimmy Yancey albums on Vinylite: "THIS IS JIMMY YANCEY $ 4.75 The last 4 complete sets of 3-twelve-inch records of this classic SESSION on original label" (, February 1951, p. 34). In his column for June 30, 1952, George Hoefer made a few remarks on "Yesterday's Collectors--Where Are They Today?" Among those identified as "out of music entirely" were Phil Featheringill, "doing freelance art work in Chicago," and Dave Bell who was said to be "writing a book and planning to move from New York to Tueson [sic] Arizona" (, p. 15).

The personnel and date were included in ongoing jazz discography, November 1944 installment, and in George Hoefer Jr.'s "Hot Box" column in for October 15. This was the last record date done for Session.

Willie the Lion Smith with George Hoefer

Court Name:U.S. Bankruptcy Court Records for the Eastern District of California
Case Number:12-11178
Party Name:Darrell George Hoefer and Nancy Jane Hoefer
Filing Type:Bankruptcy, Office: 1 Chapter: 7 Trustee: Strain, Sheryl Ann [Notice of Mortgage Payment Change]
Date Published:June 17, 2016

Smith, Willie The Lion (with George Hoefer )

At around the time of Coleman’s Atlantic debut, his pianoless working quartet (with Cherry, Haden and Higgins) began an engagement at New York’s Five Spot Cafe. George Hoefer of Down Beat magazine summarized divergent opinions of listeners at a press preview:

George Hoefer, a writer and pioneer collector of jazz recordings, died early yesterday morning, apparently of a heart attack, while he was attending a jazz concert. Mr. Hoefer, who was 58 years old, collapsed at the Ferryboat, a restaurant in Brielle, N.J., that features jazz groups. He died in an ambulance.