All Star Celebration of Lionel Hampton

The All-Star-Line-up:

Jason Marsalis (vibraphone)
Kevin Mahogany (vocals)
Jacey Falk (host & vocals)
Fred Wesley (trombone)
Claus Reichstaller (trumpet)
Ronald Baker (trumpet)
Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet)
Pee Wee Ellis (tenor sax)
Lothar van Staa (tenor sax)
Jesse Davis (alto sax)
Markus Bartelt (baritone sax)
Sharp Radway (piano)
Martin Gjakonovski (bass)
Guido May (drums)

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The All Star Celebration of Lionel Hampton is a phenomenal ensemble created by producer Jacey Falk that features Hampton orchestra alumni and admirers of the Hampton songbook. Diane Schuur, Jason Marsalis, Red Holloway, Curtis Fuller, Sharp Radway, Ronald Baker and several others are all on the same stage as one unit to celebrate the music of a true "Jazz Icon".

It is a rare occasion to see such an all star extravaganza. This show will bedazzle any audience! Hamp the Champ!

Lionel Hampton (April 20, 1908 - August 31, 2002); from Louisville Kentucky, was a veritable giant of jazz and was one of the first jazz vibraphone players.

In the course of a career spanning almost eight decades, he worked with a host of major jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Buddy De Franco, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones and many, many more.

He was a great entertainer and a man of enormous vitality. His orchestra became very popular in the 1940s and 1950s and his third recording with the ensemble in 1942 produced a classic version of Flying Home, featuring a solo by tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet which paved the way for the development of the rhythm & blues genre. In 1992, Lionel Hampton was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.