Slide Hampton

Slide Hampton (* April 21, 1932 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, as Locksley Wellington Hampton) is an American jazz musician (trombone, tuba occasionally, arrangement, composition).

Life and work

Slide Hampton is the youngest child of the musical Hampton family; his father, Clark Deacon Hampton, Sr. led a family band with his twelve children, including the future dancer and singer Dawn Hampton ( b. 1928 ). At the time of his early childhood the family moved Hampton as " Deacon Hampton and the Cotton Pickers ' through the country and has performed with ragtime, blues, Dixieland and polka numbers. Then in 1938 settled in Indianapolis, where the children received a musical education at the McArthur School of Music.

Hampton learned early trombone ( essentially a self-taught ) and gained his first experience as a professional musician in the jazz band of his brother Clark "Duke" Hampton. This band played mainly in the Midwest and southern United States; In 1950, she also appeared in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater and the Savoy Ballroom; otherwise, they played as the house band at the Cotton Club of Cincinnati. In 1952 he left the Duke Hampton Band, played with Eddie " Cleanhead " Vinson, Bill Doggett (1954 ) and Buddy Johnson (1955 /56) before working with Lionel Hampton 1956-1957. He was then to 1959 he worked as an orchestral musician and arranger for Maynard Ferguson and was in 1960 briefly the big band of Dizzy Gillespie on.

Between 1959 and 1962 he went on tour with Freddie Hubbard and he led his own octet, the next Hubbard and George Coleman, Booker Little, Jay Cameron, Bill Elton, Pete Laroca and Nabil Totah belonged. In 1962, with Coleman, Butch Warren and Kenny Clarke in Paris the album Exodus. After he passed for the singer Lloyd Price, the backing band, but also as a freelance arranger, including had worked for Motown Records, where he worked on recordings by Stevie Wonder and the Four Tops, he joined in 1968 for a European tour, the orchestra by Woody Herman on. He then settled in Europe, first in Berlin and then in Paris. In 1968 he took in Paris under his own name with Henri Texier and Daniel Humair on ( Mello -Dy ), 1970 with Niels -Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Joachim Kühn and Philly Joe Jones. He arranged frequently for studio bands, worked with Miriam Klein, but also with all-star casts, with Václav Zahradník and with Peter Herbolzheimer and managed jointly with Joe Haider a big band. He also worked with Dexter Gordon, Don Byas, Johnny Griffin and Kenny Clarke.

In 1977 he returned to the USA and founded in New York his large format World of Trombones, which decreed nine trumpets over a Rhythmusgruppeaus. In 1988 he was a founding member and musical director of Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, where he remained four years. He also worked with the twelve -member band called The Jazz Masters who made ​​her debut at New York's Village Vanguard in 1993 and consisted of Sidemen the Gillespie group, such as Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi, Antonio Hart, David Sánchez or Danilo Perez. He also worked as a music teacher in the area of New York. In 2002 he exhibited for recording a big band consisting of 14 trombonists together, among other things, Hugh Fraser, Victor Jones, John Lee, Benny Powell, Bill Watrous and Larry Willis belonged.

Throughout his career, he also played with such diverse musicians such as Diana Ross, Clifford Brown, Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston, Albert Mangelsdorff, Steve Turré, Monty Alexander, Martial Solal, James Newton, Pharoah Sanders, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Charles Mingus and Stu Martin.


As an arranger and player Hampton proves a fine melodic sense, as one of the few prominent left-handed trombonist he stunned with a liquid technology. "He represents the JJ Johnson School at it's finest, as an arranger he accomplished by skillful votes exchange with small ensembles powerful big-band effects, " said Martin Kunzler.


Disco Graphical Notes

  • Sister Salvation ( Collectables, 1960)
  • Two Sides of Slide ( Fresh Sound, 1959-61 )
  • Exodus ( Fresh Sound, 1962)
  • Mello -Dy (LRC, Delta 1967 /68)
  • Roots ( Criss Cross Jazz, 1985)
  • Dedicated to Diz! ( Telarc, 1993)
  • Spirit of the Horn ( MCGJazz, 2002)