b. Locksley Wellington Hampton, 21 April 1932, Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA. Born into a musical family, several members of which played together for a while, trombonist Hampton joined Buddy Johnson’s R&B band in the mid-50s. This engagement brought him to New York where he attracted attention not only for his playing but also for his arranging. After a brief spell with Lionel Hampton he became a member of Maynard Ferguson’s band, where he played and arranged, providing exciting charts on such popular tunes as ‘The Fugue’, ‘Three Little Foxes’ and ‘Slide’s Derangement’. After leaving Ferguson, Hampton led his own eight-piece band, continued arranging for others, and was musical director for singer Lloyd Price. In 1968 he toured with Woody Herman, settling in Europe where he remained until the late 70s. Subsequently he worked with various jazz co-operatives including Continuum, taught, and led his own nine-trombone, three-rhythm band, World Of Trombones. A masterly arranger and gifted (left-handed) trombone player, Hampton’s career is among the most distinguished in jazz.
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