| Trombone, Flugelhorn|
Jazz, Hard bop
| Slide Hampton|
| Locksley Wellington Hampton|
April 21, 1932 (age 83) (1932-04-21)
Jeannette, Pennsylvania, United States
Musician, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, Trombonist
MCG Jazz, Atlantic, Epic
Dizzy Gillespie: Live at the Royal Festival, Eastwood After Hours
A Day in Copenhagen, World of Trombones
Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella
Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, Clark Terry, Dexter Gordon, Jon Faddis
Slide Hampton Wikipedia
Locksley Wellington "Slide" Hampton (born April 21, 1932) is an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Described by critics as a master composer, arranger and uniquely gifted trombone player, Hampton's career is among the most distinguished in jazz. As his nickname implies, Hampton's main instrument is slide trombone, but he also occasionally plays tuba and flugelhorn.
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 Slide Hampton™ Ultra Big Band. The concert was the first of many planned for the near future.
Hampton has been a resident of East Orange, New Jersey. He is the uncle of Chicago jazz trumpeter Pharez Whitted.
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.
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.
In 2005 Hampton was honored at the jazz festival in Indianapolis. There the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation inducted him into their Hall of Fame.
In 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Slide Hampton™ with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
With Junior CookGood Cookin' (Muse, 1979) - also composer and performer
With Maynard FergusonA Message from Newport (Roulette, 1958) – also composer and performer
Swingin' My Way Through College (Roulette, 1959) – also performer
Maynard Ferguson Plays Jazz for Dancing (Roulette, 1959) – also performer
Newport Suite (Roulette, 1960) – also composer
Let's Face the Music and Dance (Roulette, 1960) – also performer
Maynard '61 (Roulette, 1961) – also composer and performer
Maynard '62 (Roulette, 1962) – also composer and performer
Maynard '64 (Roulette 1959-62 ) – also performer [1 track]
With Dexter GordonSophisticated Giant (Columbia, 1977) – also composer and performer
With J. J. JohnsonGoodies (RCA Victor, 1965)
With Nat AdderleyMuch Brass (Riverside, 1959)
With Art BlakeyKiller Joe (Union Jazz, 1981) – with George Kawaguchi
With Robin EubanksDifferent Perspectives (JMT, 1989)
With Maynard FergusonRidin' High (Enterprise, 1967)
With Curtis FullerTwo Bones (Blue Note, 1958 )
With Dizzy GillespieLive at the Royal Festival Hall (Enja, 1989)
With Barry HarrisLuminescence! (Prestige, 1967)
With Louis HayesThe Real Thing (Muse, 1977)
With Sam JonesChanges & Things (Xanadu, 1977)
Something in Common (Muse, 1977)
With McCoy Tyner13th House
With Hank MobleyThe Flip (Blue Note, 1970)
With Charles MingusMingus Revisited (1960)
With Oliver NelsonBerlin Dialogue for Orchestra (Flying Dutchman, 1970)
With Woody ShawThe Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage (Muse, 1976)
With Randy WestonDestry Rides Again (United Artists, 1959)
Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1960)