Hampton at Jerusalem Jazz Festival
|Birth name||Locksley Wellington Hampton|
|Born||April 21, 1932|
|Origin||Jeannette, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Genres||Jazz, Hard bop|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, Trombonist|
|Labels||MCG Jazz, Atlantic, Epic|
|Associated acts||Slide Hampton Ultra Big Band, Slide Hampton World of Trombones, Slide Hampton Trombone All-Stars|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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, 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". Hampton also played the trombone in Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments (1992) DVD.
On June 4, 2006, Hampton promoted his first concert at The Tribeca PAC in New York City (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.
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
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 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.
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|2003||Spirit of the Horn||MCG Jazz|
|2002||Slide Plays Jobim|
|1993||Dedicated to Diz||Telarc|
|1979||World of Trombones||West 54 Records|
|1962||Explosion! The Sound of Slide Hampton||Atlantic|
|1962||Jazz in Paris: Exodus||Verve Records|
|1961||Two Sides of Slide Hampton||Charlie Parker|
|1959||Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty||Strand|
With Art Blakey
- Killer Joe (Union Jazz, 1981) – with George Kawaguchi
With Robin Eubanks
- Different Perspectives (JMT, 1989)
With Dizzy Gillespie
- Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Enja, 1989)
With Dexter Gordon
- A Day in Copenhagen (MPS, 1969)
With Barry Harris
- Luminescence! (Prestige, 1967)
- With Sam Jones
- Changes & Things (Xanadu, 1977)
- With McCoy Tyner
- With Hank Mobley
- The Flip (Blue Note, 1970)
- With Charles Mingus
- Mingus Revisited (1960)
With Woody Shaw
With Randy Weston
- Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness, page 1818, (1995) – ISBN 1-56159-176-9
- The Hampton Sisters
- An Interview with Slide Hampton
- "Slide Hampton (Part 1) – WXXI Jazz Interview". YouTube. June 19, 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Harvard Jazz Band, 1981
- "The Cosby Show": Play It Again, Russell (1986)
- Diana Ross Live! The Lady Sings... Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments (1992)
- Jazz Monthly Feature Interview" Slide Hampton
- The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats, The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2004
- Grammy Award Database
- Indianapolis Jazz Foundation honors Slide Hampton
- Slide Hampton's Website
- 'International Management & Booking for Mr. Hampton
- Slide Hampton discography at JazzDiscography.com
- Slide Hampton at The Trombone Page of the World
- Trombone.org: Slide Hampton
- Pittsburgh Music History: Slide Hampton