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Ivan Hampden, Jr

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Ivan Hampden, Jr. (born April 1, 1958 in New York, New York) is an American jazz and R&B drummer, composer, and record producer. He was Luther Vandross’ tour and session drummer from 1987 to 2003.



Ivan Hampden grew up in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. He started drumming at age 8, and established himself as a working musician by age 14, playing local bars and events. While attending college at Bronx Community College and Rutgers University, he joined the percussion ensemble at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and began working with singer Eartha Kitt. He went on to write and produce rap albums, and toured with Kurtis Blow on Rick James' Cold Blooded album tour in 1983. In the mid-1980s he was introduced to songwriting/recording team Ashford & Simpson, and later joined Luther Vandross’ band as drummer and songwriter until Vandross’ death in 2005. Throughout his career, Hampden toured and performed with a number of celebrated artists, including Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Lopez, Bonnie Raitt, India Arie, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, Vanessa Williams, among many others.

Hampden was recognized for his participation as Arranger/Musician/Programmer on two Grammy Award-winning recordings at the 2004 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album "Dance With My Father" performed by Luther Vandross, and Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals "The Closer I Get to You" performed by Beyoncé and Luther Vandross.

Today, he lives with his wife in Clayton, NC which is a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina, still playing, writing, and producing. He also taught recording production at North Carolina Central University, offers private drum lessons at a local music academy, and founded a school of percussion in Clayton, NC.


Hampden plays Yamaha drums with Vic Firth sticks and records with Samson Technologies gear.


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  • Until (1997) Byron Miller
  • Down in the Delta (1998)
  • I Know (1998) Luther Vandross
  • In My Path (2000) Steve Kroon
  • Awesome (2001) The Temptations
  • Life Changes (2001) Doc Powell
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  • The Ultimate Luther Vandross (2001) Luther Vandross
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  • Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 (2003) Luther Vandross
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  • References

    Ivan Hampden, Jr. Wikipedia

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