Lionel Hampton
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Lionel Hampton

Jazz Musician and Bandleader
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Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Like Red Norvo, he was one of the first jazz vibraphone players. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Hampton.

CHILDHOOD

1908 Birth Lionel Hampton was born in 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky, and was raised by his grandmother. … Read More
1916 8 Years Old He spent his early childhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1916. … Read More

TEENAGE

1927 19 Years Old Lionel Hampton began his career playing drums for the Chicago Defender Newsboys' Band (led by Major N. Clark Smith) while still a teenager in Chicago. He moved to California in 1927 or 1928, playing drums for the Dixieland Blues-Blowers. … Read More

TWENTIES

1930 22 Years Old In 1930 Louis Armstrong came to California and hired the Les Hite band, asking Hampton if he would play vibes on two songs. … Read More
1934 26 Years Old In 1934 he led his own orchestra, and then appeared in the Bing Crosby film Pennies From Heaven (1936) alongside Louis Armstrong (wearing a mask in a scene while playing drums). … Read More
1936 28 Years Old On November 11, 1936, in Yuma, Arizona, Lionel Hampton married Gladys Riddle (1913–1971). … Read More

THIRTIES

1940 32 Years Old 1 More Event
While Hampton worked for Goodman in New York, he recorded with several different small groups known as the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, as well as assorted small groups within the Goodman band. In 1940 Hampton left the Goodman organization under amicable circumstances to form his own big band. … Read More
1944 36 Years Old 1 More Event
The selection became popular, and so in 1944 Hampton recorded "Flying Home, Number Two" featuring Arnett Cobb. … Read More
1947 39 Years Old In 1947 he performed "Stardust" at a "Just Jazz" concert for producer Gene Norman, also featuring Charlie Shavers and Slam Stewart; the recording was issued by Norman's label GNP Crescendo. … Read More

FORTIES

1953 45 Years Old The Hampton orchestra that toured Europe in 1953 included Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce, Anthony Ortega, Monk Montgomery, George Wallington, Art Farmer, Quincy Jones, and singer Annie Ross. … Read More
1955 47 Years Old In 1955, while in California working on The Benny Goodman Story he recorded with Stan Getz and made two albums with Art Tatum for Norman Granz as well as with his own big band.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1968 60 Years Old Hampton performed with Louis Armstrong and Italian singer Lara Saint Paul at the 1968 Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. … Read More
1977 69 Years Old He did not fare much better in the 1970s, though he recorded actively for his Who's Who in Jazz record label, which he founded in 1977/1978.
1984 76 Years Old Beginning in February 1984, Hampton and his band played at the University of Idaho's annual jazz festival, which was renamed the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival the following year.
1987 79 Years Old In 1987 the UI's school of music was renamed for Hampton, the first university music school named for a jazz musician.
1991 83 Years Old Hampton remained active until a stroke in Paris in 1991 led to a collapse on stage. … Read More
2001 93 Years Old However, he did play at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001 shortly before his death.
His funeral was held on September 7, 2002, and featured a performance by Wynton Marsalis and David Ostwald's Gully Low Jazz Band at Riverside Church in Manhattan; the procession began at The Cotton Club in Harlem.
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