Hannibal Lokumbe

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Hannibal Lokumbe
Peterson performing in New York City on July 6, 1976
Peterson performing in New York City on July 6, 1976
Background information
Birth nameMarvin Peterson
Born (1948-11-11) November 11, 1948 (age 73)
Smithville, Texas, U.S.
GenresFree jazz
LabelsEnja, MPS, Baystate

Hannibal Lokumbe (born Marvin Peterson on November 11, 1948)[1] is an American jazz trumpeter.


A native of Smithville, Texas, United States,[1] he is sometimes known by the name "Hannibal".[2] He attended high school in Texas City, Texas and was in the High School band under Mr. Renfroe, a respected band director. Marvin’s playing and practicing his trumpet was enjoyed in his neighborhood. In the late 1960s, he attended North Texas State University for two years, then moved to New York City and went on tour with Rahsaan Roland Kirk.[2] He became a member of the Gil Evans orchestra, an association that lasted through the 1980s, and worked with Roy Haynes and Pharoah Sanders.[2] As the leader of the Sunrise Orchestra, he played koto and trumpet.[2] His debut solo album, Children of the Fire, was released in 1974.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]


As leader[edit]

  • Marvin Peterson and the Soulmasters in Concert (Century, 1969)
  • Children of the Fire (Sunrise, 1974)
  • Hannibal (BASF/MPS, 1975)
  • In Antibes (Enja, 1977)
  • In Berlin (MPS, 1977)
  • Naima (Eastworld, 1978)
  • The Light (Eastworld, 1978)
  • Live in Lausanne (Eastworld, 1978)
  • The Tribe (John Hammond World of Jazz 1978)
  • Tribute (Eastworld, 1979)
  • The Universe Is Not for Sale (Smackdab, 1980)
  • The Angels of Atlanta (Enja, 1981)
  • Poem Song (Mole, 1981)
  • More Sightings (Enja, 1984)
  • Visions of a New World (Atlantic, 1989)
  • Kiss On the Bridge (Ear-Rational, 1990)
  • Crossing (Ear-Rational, 1991)
  • One with the Wind (Muse, 1994)
  • African Portraits (Teldec, 1995)
  • Dear Mrs. Parks (Naxos, 2009)
  • Can You Hear God Crying? (Naxos, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Andrew Cyrille

With Richard Davis

With Gil Evans

With Frank Foster

With Kip Hanrahan

  • Desire Develops An Edge (Yellowbird, 1983)

With Billy Hart

With Roy Haynes

With Elvin Jones

With Eric Kloss

With Grachan Moncur III & Jazz Composer's Orchestra

  • Echoes of Prayer (JCOA, 1974)

With New York Unit

With Don Pullen

With Pharoah Sanders


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 319. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kelsey, Chris. "Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hannibal Lokumbe – USA Cummings Fellow". United States Artists. 2009. Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.

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