Lionel Hampton


I tried to convince my family, "Let's stay in New York. This is the place that we can really develop a career as musicians." But they wanted to go back to Indianapolis

Lionel Hampton,, 1994

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton ranks among the greatest names in jazz history, having worked with a who’s who of 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.