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HAMPTON, Slide

(b Locksley Wellington Hampton, 21 April '32, Jeannette PA) Trombone, composer. Grew up in Indianapolis; played with Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson; formed octet for LP on Strand late '59 with Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, George Coleman; four LPs on Atlantic, one on Epic '60--62 with varying personnel; worked as mus. dir. for Lloyd Price band; to Europe '68, toured UK with Woody Herman, settled in radio work in Berlin, like Benny Bailey and others finding more work and appreciation in Europe. Recorded with octet incl. Coleman in Paris '62; with Sacha Distel '68; The Fabulous Slide Hampton Quartet '69 on Path,-Marconi (album 1969 issued '84 in UK). International big bands with Bailey, John Surman, Johnny Griffin, Czech bandleader Vaclav Zahradnik, etc in Prague on Supraphon '71--2, Italy on Carosello and Horo '72, Munich on MPS '74; World Of Trombones '79 in NYC incl. rhythm section with Albert Dailey, nine trombones incl. Curtis Fuller (CD on Black Lion). Very popular in Europe; many festivals, records as sideman (A Day In Copenhagen with Dexter Gordon, etc); CDs incl. Mellow-Dy '92 on LRC, Dedicated To Diz '93 on Telarc by Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters incl. Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Jimmy Heath, George Mraz.