1927 to 2002
April 20, 1908
August 31, 2002
Chicago, IL, United States
Lionel Leo Hampton (1908-2002), was a U.S. bandleader, jazz percussionist, and vibraphonist. Hampton was born on 20th April 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky, but moved to Chicago as a child, where he began his career as a drummer. He relocated to Los Angeles to play drums in Les Hite's band. They soon became the house band for Frank Sebastian's New Cotton Club, a popular L.A. jazz club. During a 1930 recording date in the NBC studios in L.A., Louis Armstrong discovered a vibraphone. He asked Hampton if he could play it. Hampton, who knew how to play the xylophone, tried it and they agreed to record a few records with Hamp on vibes.
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All that Jazz, Vol. 32 "Real Crazy": Lionel Hampton in Studio, Live in Paris, and at Apollo Hall New York, 1954 (Remastered 2015)
Lionel Hampton June 2, 2015