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Lionel Hampton

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An extraordinary vibraphone player who was also the composer of over 200 innovative musical compositions that would eventually become jazz standards, Lionel Hampton was also a critical factor in bridging the racial divide in music by teaming with drummer Gene Krupa and pianist Teddy Wilson in the 1930s to form the multiracial Benny Goodman Quartet. In addition to his own work, Hampton would inspire such influential figures as Quincy Jones and Charles Mingus. The perfectionist jazz legend was born in Louisville, KY, in April 1908 and began hitting the skins in a fife-and-drum band at an early age. After hitting the road with bandleader Detroit Shannon at age 14, Hampton spotted a vibraphone during a recording session with Louis Armstrong and, on a lark, told the legendary trumpet player that he was well-versed on the instrument. Hampton would portray himself in numerous films from 1936 to 2001 in addition to composing the scores for such films as Memphis Belle (1990) and Malcolm X (1992). A philanthropist in the later years of his life (putting his money forth to fund low-income housing and music scholarships as well as serving on the New York Human Rights Commission), Hampton also played for such presidents as Harry S. Truman in addition to being appointed Ambassador of Music to the United Nations in 1985. Two years after suffering a stroke in March 1995, Hampton was honored as a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. On September 1, 2002, Lionel Hampton died of heart failure in New York City. He was 94.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Best of Jazz Music on TDK '07
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jazz Giants of the 20th Century
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong & Friends
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Boys are Back in Town: Classic Tracks From the Gentlemen of Jazz
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Lionel Hampton - Jazz Legend: King of the Vibes
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Lionel Hampton: Swinging at his Best
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Jazz-It!
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Classic Jazz Drummers: Swing Era and Beyond
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Lionel Hampton & the Golden Men of Jazz - Live in Europe
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Gene Krupa - Jazz Legend
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 118
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 108
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Meet the Band Leaders - 101
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Lionel Hampton Live
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Force of Impulse
  • Himself
1960
No Score Yet Jazz Icons - Lionel Hampton: Live in '58
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Mister Rock and Roll
  • Himself
1957
No Score Yet The Benny Goodman Story
  • Himself - Vibraphone
1956
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven
  • Band Member (uncredited)
1936

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