Lionel Hampton

born: 20 April 1908
Louisville, Kentucky,
United States of America
died: 31 August 2002
New York City, New York,
United States of America
(congestive heart failure, age 94)

Black American jazz vibraphonist and percussionist who went on to become a big name in jazz music, in particular popularizing the use of the vibraphone. After stints as a drummer with various groups, including Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders and Les Hite's band, Hampton gained recognition performing the vibes with the Benny Goodman Quartet in the late 1930s (including at Goodman's landmark 1938 Carnegie Hall concert) before forming his own popular jazz orchestra. Among other honors, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1996.
Real name: Lionel Leo Hampton
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Leaping Love
Jazz musician/drums

Acknowledgements: (AllMusic)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes, research and information)

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