Slide Hampton

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Slide Hampton
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Hampton at Jerusalem Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth name Locksley Wellington Hampton
Born (1932-04-21) April 21, 1932 (age 82)
Origin Jeannette, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz, Hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician, Bandleader, Composer, Arranger, Educator, Trombonist
Instruments Trombone, Flugelhorn
Years active 1950s–present
Labels MCG Jazz, Atlantic, Epic
Associated acts Slide Hampton Ultra Big Band, Slide Hampton World of Trombones, Slide Hampton Trombone All-Stars
Website www.SlideHampton.com

Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton (born April 21, 1932) is an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. A master composer, arranger and uniquely gifted trombone player, Hampton's career is among the most distinguished in jazz.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Slide Hampton was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Laura and Clarke “Deacon” Hampton raised 12 children, taught them how to play musical instruments and set out with them as a family band. The family first came to Indianapolis in 1938. The Hamptons were a very musical family in which mother, father, eight brothers, and four sisters all played instruments.[2] Slide Hampton is one of the few left-handed trombone players. As a child, Hampton was given the trombone set up to play left-handed, or backwards; and as no one ever dissuaded him, he continued to play this way.[3][4]

At the age of 12, Slide played in his family's Indianapolis jazz band, The Duke Hampton Band. By 1952, at the age of 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band. He played with the Buddy Johnson's R&B band from 1955–1956, then became a member of the Maynard Ferguson's band (1957–1959), where he played and arranged, providing excitement on such popular tunes as "The Fugue," "Three Little Foxes" and "Slides Derangement." In 1958, he recorded with trombone masters on the classic release of Melba Liston, "Melba Liston and Her 'Bones". As his reputation grew, he soon began working with bands led by Art Blakey, Tadd Dameron in 1969, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Max Roach, contributing both original compositions and arrangements. In 1962, he formed the Slide Hampton Octet, with horn players Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, and George Coleman. The band toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded on several labels.

Career[edit]

In 1968 he toured with Woody Herman orchestra, settling in Europe where he remained until 1977. He taught at Harvard, artist-in-residence in 1981,[5] the University of Massachusetts, De Paul University in Chicago, and Indiana State University. During this period he led his own nine-trombone, three-rhythm band, World of Trombones, co-led Continuum (a quintet with Jimmy Heath that plays the music of Tadd Dameron), freelanced as both a writer and a player. He also appeared on The Cosby Show 1986. The episode entitled "Play It Again, Russell".[6] Hampton also played the trombone in Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments (1992) DVD.[7]

On June 4, 2006, Hampton promoted his first concert at The Tribeca PAC in New York (a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim) and debuted the Hampton Ultra Big Band. The concert was the first of many planned for the near future.[8]

Hampton is a resident of North New Jersey.[9] He is the uncle of Chicago jazz trumpeter Pharez Whitted.

2009 saw the completion of four new compositions entitled "A Tribute to African-American Greatness". The songs honored Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Barack Obama. The songs contained accompanying lyrics written by Hampton and Tony Charles, arrangements honoring Thelonious Monk, Thad Jones, Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon and Gil Evans round out the program. The album will be recorded in 2010. He recently completed two new Big Band arrangements - "In Case of Emergency" and "The Drum Song" (both Hampton originals). These two songs (and others) will be available exclusively to universities and other educational institutions through Slide Hampton Musique Publishing.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1998 he won a Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)", as arranger for "Cotton Tail" performed by Dee Dee Bridgewater. He was also a Grammy winner in 2005[10] for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album," The Way: Music of Slide Hampton, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Planet Arts), and received another nomination in 2006 for his arrangement of "Stardust" for the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.

In 2005 Hampton was honored at the jazz festival in Indianapolis. There the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation inducted him into their Hall of Fame.[11]

In 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Slide Hampton with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year Title Label
2003 Spirit of the Horn MCG Jazz
2002 Jazz Matinee Hanssler
2002 Slide Plays Jobim
1999 Inclusion Sound Hills
1993 Dedicated to Diz Telarc
1982 Roots Criss Cross
1979 World of Trombones West 54 Records
1962 Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton Atlantic
1962 Jazz in Paris: Exodus Verve Records
1962 Drum Suite Epic
1961 Two Sides of Slide Hampton Charlie Parker
1960 Sister Salvation Atlantic
1959 Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty Strand

As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey

  • Killer Joe (Union Jazz, 1981) - with George Kawaguchi

With Robin Eubanks

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Dexter Gordon

With Barry Harris

With Sam Jones
With McCoy Tyner
With Hank Mobley
With Charles Mingus

With Woody Shaw

With Randy Weston

References[edit]

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