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Lionel Hampton, 1946. Photo by William P. Gottlieb.

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Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong, 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.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Lionel Leo Hampton
  • Also known as: "Gates", "Hamp", "Mad Lionel"
  • Born: April 20, 1908 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Died: August 31, 2002 (aged 94) New York City, New York, United States
  • Genres: Swing, Big band, Mainstream jazz, New York blues
  • Occupation(s): Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Composer
  • Instruments: Vibraphone, Drums. Piano, Vocals
  • Years active: 1927–2002
  • Labels: Decca
  • Associated acts: Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Louis Armstrong, Gloria Parker

Read more about Lionel Hampton at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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