Lionel Hampton

Born 20 April 1908. Died 31 August 2002
Lionel Hampton
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1908-04-20
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Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton Biography (BBC)

The first great vibraphone soloist in jazz, Hampton began his career as a drummer in the Chicago Defender Newsboys' band. By the late 1920s he had moved to the West Coast and was billed as 'The World's Fastest Drummer' at Frank Sebastian's New Cotton Club in Culver City.

He doubled on vibes after Louis Armstrong famously invited him to take a solo on the instrument in his 1930 disc of Memories of You. Hampton could always be relied on to produce long, melodically interesting solos on ballads, but he was also a hard-swinging uptempo player, and this is what led Benny Goodman to recruit him to join his quartet in 1936.

This made Hampton a household name , and he finally left in 1940 to form his own big band which he has led on and off ever since. While with Goodman he made a series of all star jam session discs under his own name, gaining the reputation for putting together highly successful studio groups that could always be relied upon for swing and excitement, and which used virtually all the major big band players of the era.

His own big band featured an impressive roll-call of great players from Illinois Jacquet and Dexter Gordon to Clifford Brown and Charles Mingus. Hampton's own brilliance and competitive flair led him to many a musical joust with his star sidemen, always illuminated by his extrovert stage presence, whether singing, or playing drums, vibes or even piano, on which he has a highly unorthodox style.

In the 1990s he toured with a smaller band - his 'Golden Men' of jazz - all veterans of the swing era. he has been involved for many years in community work and education, and has received many awards in connection with this. The University of Idaho names its music school in his honour, and there is also an annual Lionel Hampton music festival which involves scores of young players from across the United States.

Lionel Hampton Biography (Wikipedia)

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

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Corner Pocket
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Corner Pocket
Harry Warren
One sweet letter from you
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One sweet letter from you
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Real Crazy
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Real Crazy
Lionel Hampton
That's My Desire
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That's My Desire
Lionel Hampton
Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
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Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop
Lionel Hampton
Ring Them Bells
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Ring Them Bells
Lionel Hampton
Flying Home
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Flying Home
Lionel Hampton
Jack The Bellboy
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Jack The Bellboy
Lionel Hampton
When Lights Are Low
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When Lights Are Low
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Vibe Boogie
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Vibe Boogie
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Stardust - Moonglow
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Stardust - Moonglow
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Cutter's Corner
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Cutter's Corner
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Big Brass
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Big Brass
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Flying Home
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Flying Home
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Kingfish
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Kingfish
Lionel Hampton
Rag Mop
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Rag Mop
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Lionel Hampton
Taste Of Honey
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Taste Of Honey
Lionel Hampton
Buzzin' 'Round With The Bee
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Buzzin' 'Round With The Bee
Lionel Hampton
Gryce Suite
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Gryce Suite
Lionel Hampton
Hamp's Boogie-Woogie
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Hamp's Boogie-Woogie
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Blow Top Blues
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Blow Top Blues
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Haven't Named It Yet
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Haven't Named It Yet
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Midnight Sun
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Midnight Sun
Lionel Hampton
Central Avenue Breakdown
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Central Avenue Breakdown

Central Avenue Breakdown

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Lionel Hampton and Nat King Cole
Lionel Hampton
Red Top
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Red Top
Lionel Hampton
Haven't Named It Yet
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Haven't Named It Yet
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Gin For Christmas
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Gin For Christmas
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Hot Mallets
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Hot Mallets
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Stardust
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Stardust
Lionel Hampton
Airmail Special
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Airmail Special
Lionel Hampton
Hot Malletts
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Hot Malletts
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Chasin With Chase
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Chasin With Chase

Chasin With Chase

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Lionel Hampton And His Sextet
Lionel Hampton
Moonglow
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Moonglow
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