Lionel Hampton
American jazz musician and bandleader
Lionel Hampton
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.
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Today in Music History - Aug. 31 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 2002, Jazz great Lionel Hampton died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan at the age of 94. In 2009, pop-punk band "Blink-182" pulled out of its show in Saratoga Springs, NY, saying band members were grieving the death of their friend,
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Jazz Festival honors John Coltrane - Jamestown News
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In this album, Austin re-interpreted the complex music of George Gershwin, creating “an operatic but contemporary feeling” with the help of arranger Michael Abene who has worked with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich and BB King. XXMany will recognize her
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Music: Jazz masters weekend - Taipei Times
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The New Orleans native entered the scene in the early 1980s, and served stints in the bands of jazz masters Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton. Blanchard, 49, has since moved on to become one of the most recognized musicians of his generation,
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Titans of the Tough Toned Texas Tenor - RVANews
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Jacquet first gained prominence in the Lionel Hampton Big Band where he made a name for himself playing a recorded solo on the Hampton classic “Flying Home”. He then went on to fill Lester Young's vacant chair in the now internationally famous Count
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Five questions with Roy Ayers, jazz-fusion vibraphonist - Detroit Free Press
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The greatest vibes player ever was still Lionel Hampton. But Milt was so masterful. One of the great innovators. Every time I play Detroit, I think about Milt Jackson -- Bags -- because he was so special to me. His touch and his feeling were so unique,
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He's Not Nat: Freddy Cole Returns to the Dakota, August 17-18 - Jazz Police
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The Cole household hosted such visitors as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton, who had considerable influence on young Freddy, as did Billy Eckstein. "He was a fantastic entertainer," Freddy recalls. "I learned so much from just watching
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'Smokey Joe's Café' saxophonist Gil Bernal dies - CBS News
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He performed on the 1950s pop song "Smokey Joe's Café" and worked with Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton and Ry Cooder. His family tells the Los Angeles Times that Bernal died of congestive heart failure on July 17 at a Glendale hospital
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New York Saxophonist David Bixler at the Artists Quarter, July 27th - Jazz Police (blog)
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Early in his career Bixler played with the Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Duke Ellington Orchestras; he's also jammed with Branford Marsalis and backed Bill Clinton at a White House gig. In addition to his current tenure with Chico O'Farrill,
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GLM Daily Deal: The Drum Exchange - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
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How would you like to become a drummer this summer, or learn how to play the vibes like the legendary Lionel Hampton? You can learn right in your own neighborhood! And here's the Green Lake Moms Daily Deal: pay only $25 for one 30-minute private lesson
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Welcome new Smithsonian jazz anthology, chosen by committee - The Seattle Times
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It also includes a more diverse swing-era selection, inviting Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Chick Webb and Artie Shaw to the party, a great improvement over Williams' Ellington-heavy selection. The bop era now features Lucky Thompson's fabulous
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Public invited to Essex County Summermusic Concert Series - NorthJersey.com
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Their recent recordings and performances have been with artists Buddy Rich, Machito, Lionel Hampton, Daniel Ponce and Cissy Houston. Jazz vocal stylist Carrie Jackson is a Newark native who honed her talent in her hometown
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Burn Calories Doing the Heart-Pumping Lindy Hop Dance - FitSugar.com (blog)
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Lindy Hop is a type of swing dance that was popularized in Harlem during the '20s and '30s to syncopated rhythms from musicians like Lionel Hampton or Glenn Miller. It's a cross between the Charleston and jazz dance and includes fast spins and flexed
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Classical Music Festival begins Sunday - Moscow-Pullman Daily News
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The Rendezvous Chamber Orchestra features some of the region's most accomplished professional musicians, including current and retired faculty from the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music, the Washington State University music program
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Hampton
    THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Hampton died August 31, 2002 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York City immediately adjacent to both Miles Davis and Duke Ellington's graves.
    More Details Hide Details Hampton was deeply involved in the construction of various public housing projects, and founded the Lionel Hampton Development Corporation. Construction began with the Lionel Hampton Houses in Harlem, New York in the 1960s, with the help of then Republican governor Nelson Rockefeller. Hampton's wife, Gladys Hampton, also was involved in construction of a housing project in her name, the Gladys Hampton Houses. Gladys died in 1971. In the 1980s, Hampton built another housing project called Hampton Hills in Newark, New Jersey. Hampton was a staunch Republican and served as a delegate to several Republican National Conventions. He served as Vice-Chairman of the New York Republican County Committee for some years and also was a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. Hampton donated almost $300,000 to Republican campaigns and committees throughout his lifetime. Compilations
    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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  • 2001
    However, he did play at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001 shortly before his death.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Hampton remained active until a stroke in Paris in 1991 led to a collapse on stage.
    More Details Hide Details That incident, combined with years of chronic arthritis, forced him to cut back drastically on performances.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    In 1987 the UI's school of music was renamed for Hampton, the first university music school named for a jazz musician.
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  • 1984
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Hampton performed with Louis Armstrong and Italian singer Lara Saint Paul at the 1968 Sanremo Music Festival in Italy.
    More Details Hide Details The performance created a sensation with Italian audiences, as it broke into a real jazz session. That same year, Hampton received a Papal Medal from Pope Paul VI. During the 1960s, Hampton's groups were in decline; he was still performing what had succeeded for him earlier in his career.
  • 1955
    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.
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  • 1953
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hampton continued to record with small groups and jam sessions during the 1940s and 1950s, with Oscar Peterson, Buddy DeFranco, and others.
  • 1947
    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.
    More Details Hide Details From the mid-1940s until the early 1950s, Hampton led a lively rhythm & blues band whose Decca Records recordings included numerous young performers who later achieved fame. They included bassist Charles Mingus, saxophonist Johnny Griffin, guitarist Wes Montgomery, vocalist Dinah Washington and keyboardist Milt Buckner. Other noteworthy band members were trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Cat Anderson, Kenny Dorham, and Snooky Young; trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, and saxophonists Illinois Jacquet and Jerome Richardson.
  • 1944
    Guitarist Billy Mackel first joined Hampton in 1944, and would perform and record with him almost continuously through the late 1970s.
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    The selection became popular, and so in 1944 Hampton recorded "Flying Home, Number Two" featuring Arnett Cobb.
    More Details Hide Details The song went on to become the theme song for all three men.
  • 1940
    Although Hampton first recorded "Flying Home" under his own name with a small group in 1940 for Victor, the best and most famous version is the big band version recorded for Decca on May 26, 1942, in a new arrangement by Hampton's pianist Milt Buckner.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hampton's orchestra became popular during the 1940s and early 1950s. His third recording with them in 1942 produced a classic version of "Flying Home", featuring a solo by Illinois Jacquet that anticipated rhythm & blues.
  • 1936
    On November 11, 1936, in Yuma, Arizona, Lionel Hampton married Gladys Riddle (1913–1971).
    More Details Hide Details Gladys was Lionel's business manager throughout much of his career. Many musicians recall that Lionel ran the music and Gladys ran the business. During the 1950s he had a strong interest in Judaism and raised money for Israel. In 1953 he composed a King David suite and performed it in Israel with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Later in life Hampton became a Christian Scientist. Hampton was also a Thirty-third degree Prince Hall freemason. In January 1997, his apartment caught fire and destroyed his awards and belongings; Hampton escaped uninjured.
  • 1934
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Also in November 1936, the Benny Goodman Orchestra came to Los Angeles to play the Palomar Ballroom. When John Hammond brought Goodman to see Hampton perform, Goodman invited him to join his trio, which thus became the celebrated Benny Goodman Quartet with Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa completing the lineup. The Trio and Quartet were among the first racially integrated jazz groups to perform before audiences, and were a leading small-group of the day.
  • 1930
    In 1930 Louis Armstrong came to California and hired the Les Hite band, asking Hampton if he would play vibes on two songs.
    More Details Hide Details So began his career as a vibraphonist, popularizing the use of the instrument in the process. Invented ten years earlier, the vibraphone is essentially a xylophone with metal bars, a sustain pedal, and resonators equipped with electric-powered fans that add vibrato. While working with the Les Hite band, Hampton also occasionally did some performing with Nat Shilkret and his orchestra. During the early 1930s, he studied music at the University of Southern California.
  • 1927
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He made his recording debut with The Quality Serenaders led by Paul Howard, then left for Culver City and drummed for the Les Hite band at Sebastian's Cotton Club. One of his trademarks as a drummer was his ability to do stunts with multiple pairs of sticks such as twirling and juggling without missing a beat. During this period he began practicing on the vibraphone.
  • 1916
    He spent his early childhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1916.
    More Details Hide Details As a youth, Hampton was a member of the Bud Billiken Club, an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America, which was off limits because of racial segregation. During the 1920s—while still a teenager—Hampton took xylophone lessons from Jimmy Bertrand and started playing drums. Hampton was raised Roman Catholic, and started out playing fife and drum at the Holy Rosary Academy near Chicago.
  • 1908
    Lionel Hampton was born in 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky, and was raised by his grandmother.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after he was born, he and his mother moved to her hometown Birmingham, Alabama.
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