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 72)
Smithville, Texas
GenresFree jazz
LabelsEnja, MPS, Baystate
Associated actsSunrise Orchestra

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


A native of Smithville, Texas, he was born "Marvin Peterson" but is sometimes known by the name "Hannibal".[1] 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.[1] He became a member of the Gil Evans orchestra, an association that lasted through the 1980s, and worked with Roy Haynes and Pharoah Sanders.[1] As the leader of the Sunrise Orchestra, he played koto and trumpet.[1] His debut solo album, Children of the Fire, was released in 1974.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Fellow Award in Music from United States Artists, 2009[2]


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)
  • Dear Mrs. Parks (Naxos, 2009)
  • Can You Hear God Crying? (Naxos, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

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 c d e Kelsey, Chris. "Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "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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