Slide Hampton Death – Slide Hampton who was a well known American trombonist and a great composer/arranger has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 89, leaving family and loved ones in despair. Slide was announced on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. Slide was an important part of the Jazz music community and the world music at large owning to his contributions to world music industry. He was described as a the trombone master.
Slide Hampton has been in his excellent career in the evolution of jazz for many decades starting from his young age. He was touring the Midwest with the Hampton Band based in Indianapolis at the age of 12, The bad was held by father and other members of the Hampton’s family. IN 1952, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band at the age of 20 after which he joined and played trombone for Maynard Ferguson’s band and provided exciting charts on such popular tunes as “The Fugue,” “Three Little Foxes,” and “Slide’s Derangement.”
KCSM Jazz 91( a radio station) said in a Facebook post that Slide Hampton Toured with Woody Herman and lived in Europe. They further said he was an artist-in-residence at Harvard and mainstay in the Vanguard Big Band and many small group. “Trombone great, composer/arranger Slide Hampton has passed. He was 89. Toured with Woody Herman, lived in Europe, artist-in-residence at Harvard, mainstay in the Vanguard Big Band and many small groups, his career knew no bounds. In 2005 he was named a NEA Jazz Master. #RIP” They said. Slide Hampton obituary will be announced by the family in due time.
JazzCorner – “#RIP Slide Hampton. We are so sad to inform you of the passing of National Endowment for the Arts #JazzMaster #SlideHampton. He was 89. Slide Hampton’s distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis based Hampton Band, led by his father and comprising other members of his musical family. By 1952, at the age of 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band. He then joined Maynard Ferguson’s band, playing trombone and providing exciting charts on such popular tunes as “The Fugue,” “Three Little Foxes,” and “Slide’s Derangement.”
As his reputation grew, he soon began working with bands led by Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Max Roach, again contributing both original compositions and arrangements. In 1962, he formed the Slide Hampton Octet, which”
Jim Pelz Music – “RIP Slide Hampton, one of the giants. So many trombonists cut their teeth on his “World Of Trombones” album, and rightly so. A masterful improviser and arranger, and by all accounts, a virtuoso human being. His legacy will outlive us all. #slidehampton”
Eric Reed Poppa Reed – “Rest in Power to THE trombone master, Slide Hampton. I’m still processing this tremendous loss, so I’ll post a more befitting tribute to his life and music at a later point in time. Thank you for everything that you’ve given to the music, Slide…you’ll be missed.
Martin McCain – “R.I.P. Slide Hampton. One of the greatest”
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